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NFL roundup: Goodell defends suspension of Rice

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell defended the league's two-game suspension of Ray Rice on Friday, commenting publicly for the first time since his controversial decision last week created a firestorm on social media.

Goodell talked to several reporters at the Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of the enshrinement weekend in Canton, Ohio.

Goodell said that the length of the ban is "consistent" with other punishments issued by the league.

"We have a very firm policy that domestic violence is not acceptable in the NFL, and there are consequences for that," Goodell said. "Obviously, when we are going through the process of evaluating an issue and whether there were be discipline, you look at all of the facts that are available to us."

Rice was arrested Feb. 15, after he allegedly struck his then-fiancee, and now wife, Janay Palmer unconscious during an altercation at an Atlantic City hotel. Video surfaced online showing Rice dragging an unconscious Palmer out of an elevator.

Rice, a seventh-year running back with the Baltimore Ravens, pleaded not guilty to a third-degree charge of aggravated assault and avoided trial by being accepted into a pretrial intervention program in May.

"I take into account all of the information before I make a decision on what the discipline will be," Goodell said. "In this case, there was no discipline by the criminal justice system.

"They put him that diversionary program, and I had seen Ray after that. I had the opportunity to hear from him, hear from his wife and hear from other people that he had brought into the hearing process, and I put all of that together to make a decision."

---Michael Strahan, Derrick Brooks, Walter Jones, Andre Reed, Aeneas Williams, Claude Humphrey and Ray Guy will be formally enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Canton, Ohio on Saturday.

Strahan downplayed his accolades despite recording double-digit sack totals six times in a nine-season span including a NFL single-season record 22.5 sacks in 2001. A five-time All-Pro pick, he amassed 141.5 sacks in his 15-season career with the New York Giants.

Giants great and Hall of Famer Harry Carson said Strahan is among the top five or six defensive players in team history, but Strahan doesn't even think he's as talented as recent and current Giants defensive ends Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora and Jason Pierre-Paul.

"These guys are so talented, I don't know if I would have started (with them)," Strahan said Friday, according to NJ.com. "If you look at Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, Jason Pierre-Paul and myself, I'm No. 4."

---Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley was sentenced to a suspended six-month jail term and one year of probation Thursday, according to Mobile, Ala., TV station WALA.

Fairley was arrested in 2012 on DUI and reckless driving charges.

Fairley was not in the Alabama court for his sentencing because he was at the Lions' training camp in Allen Park, Mich.

---Free agent quarterback Brady Quinn worked out for the New England Patriots on Monday, according to ESPN.com.

Quinn, who was hired by Fox Sports as an analyst on Thursday, said on "The Dan Patrick Show" on Friday that he worked out with a team this week. However, he did not reveal the team.