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Ben Roethlisberger says he's praying for Ray Rice

Four years ago, Pittsburgh Steelers star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was suspended for six games with the punishment later reduced to four games.

Roethlisberger was the first player to get suspended under the NFL personal-conduct policy when he was investigated for an alleged sexual assault of a female college student in Milledgeville, Ga., but was never charged with a crime.

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Now, Roethlisberger says that indefinitely suspended former Ravens running back Ray Rice is in his prayers. The three--time Pro Bowl runner's $35 million contract was terminated Monday when a video surfaced of him punching his then-fiancee Janay Palmer in a casino elevator.

"We pray for him and his wife and his family," Roethlisberger said during a conference call with Baltimore reporters. "The biggest focus is the game on Thursday. That's really all that we can afford to deal with right now on such a short week and notice. And that's the most important thing for us right now is what we control."

awilson@baltsun.com

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