As expected, Ray Rice did not appeal his two-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy, meaning that the running back will be sidelined for the Ravens' Sept. 7 regular-season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals and their Sept. 11 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Rice also was fined three total game checks, which equates to $529,000, by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. The Ravens’ running back, who was accused of striking his now-wife, Janay, unconscious during an altercation in the elevator of an Atlantic City, N.J. casino in February, learned of the suspension Thursday, before the team’s first full-squad workout of training camp.
He had a three-day window to appeal the two-game ban, but that has now elapsed without action from Rice.
Goodell would have ruled on any potential appeal and given that the commissioner has already received widespread criticism from those who believe his discipline of Rice was far too lenient, it didn’t make much sense for the running back to appeal.
Rice, the three-time Pro Bowl selection, is allowed to participate in training camp and in the Ravens’ four preseason games.
He’s scheduled to speak to reporters Thursday at the Under Armour Performance Center, his first public comments since his much-maligned news conference in May.