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Ray Rice has spoken to John Harbaugh about arrest, source says

Ravens running back Ray Rice spoke with coach John Harbaugh on Monday, according to a source, addressing his legal situation after an incident early Saturday morning in which he and his fiancee were arrested in Atlantic City and charged with simple assault.

Rice gave Harbaugh an explanation about what happened prior to Monday's news conference to announce Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs' $28.5 million contract extension, per the source.

At that news conference, general manager Ozzie Newsome said he had yet to speak with Rice. Newsome emphasized that Rice remains in the Ravens' plans for next season.

"When I left my office 20 minutes ago, and John had probably been there 15 minutes before then, Ray Rice was still a big part of what we plan to do in 2014," Newsome said.

Rice and his fiancee, Janay Palmer, were arrested when an altercation between them recorded on video surveillance prompted Revel Casino security officials to contact the police, according to a police statement.

"The complaint summons indicates that both Rice and Palmer struck each other with their hands," the statement said.

No injuries were reported by Rice or Palmer, and both declined medical attention. They were booked at the Atlantic City Police Department holding facility, receiving a summons to appear in court and then released. The formal charge is simple assault-domestic violence.

Ravens director of public relations Chad Steele issued a statement Sunday night.

"We are aware of the Friday night situation with Ray Rice and his fiancee," the statement said. "We have spoken with Ray, and know that they returned home together after being detained.”

Rice is coming off a disappointing season where he rushed for 660 yards and dealt with hip and quadriceps injuries. He's entering the third year of a five-year, $35 million contract.

On Monday, Newsome emphasized that he wants to gather more information.

"I really don't know that situation," he said. "With me, I get all the answers. Then that's when we make decisions within this organization, once we get all the information we can get."

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