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Harbaugh doesn't foresee Ravens parting ways with Rice

INDIANAPOLIS - To Ravens coach John Harbaugh, "the facts will determine the consequences" as far as running back Ray Rice. But based on Harbaugh's understanding of the situation, he expects Rice to remain a Raven.

"I haven't seen anything that would remotely make me think [otherwise]," Harbaugh said Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Rice was arrested early Saturday morning after an altercation with his fiancée at Atlantic City casino. Rice and his fiancée, Janay Palmer, were charged with simple assault-domestic violence.

Harbaugh said that he has talked to Rice on the phone about the incident and that Rice explained his side of what happened while also expressing remorse.

"'Ray and I, we're close," Harbaugh said. "We have been for a long time, so it's an easy conversation to have. I love Janay. She's a great person. The two people, obviously they've got a couple of issues they have got to work through.

"They are both committed to doing that. That was the main takeaway for me from the conversation. They understand all the issues. They're getting a lot of counseling and those kind of things. That's very positive. That was the main takeaway."

However, the situation as a whole is far from resolved.

Aside from anything to do with his relationship, it's very much possible that Rice could be suspended by the NFL for a violation of its personal conduct policy. It's also possible that Rice could face more serious charges and end up being sentenced to jail time.

The Ravens seem committed to Rice, which may be partly due to the fact that releasing him would significantly lessen the room they have under the salary cap.

Rice is entering the third year of the five-year deal he signed in 2012. According to, the contract is worth $35 million. Releasing him would create $14.25 million of dead money and lessen Baltimore's available cap space by $5.5 million.

That said, Baltimore's stance on Rice could change depending on the outcome of this situation.

But, at least for right now, Rice remains a part of the Ravens' plans heading into the 2014 season.

"There's a lot of facts, a lot of process that has to be worked through in anything like this," Harbaugh said. "There are a lot of question marks. [But] Ray's character ... you guys know his character. You start with that."