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Final briefs in Ray Rice suspension appeal are due today

Final briefs in Ray Rice suspension appeal are due today
Ray Rice and his wife Janay are pictured arriving for his appeal hearing last week in New York. (Andrew Burton, Getty Images)

Final briefs from lawyers involved in Ray Rice's suspension appeal are due today, and former federal judge Barbara S. Jones is expected to hand down her ruling within the next 10 days, according to sources with knowledge of the case.

The former Ravens running back is seeking reinstatement from his indefinite suspension handed down by the NFL in September.

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Rice was originally suspended for two games for his February domestic-violence incident, and the suspension was increased by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after a graphic video surfaced Sept. 8 of Rice knocking out his then-fiancee Janay Palmer in a casino elevator. The Ravens released him that same day.

Rice's representatives contend that the NFL violated his rights under the concept of double jeopardy. In testimony during last week's appeal hearing, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome backed up Rice's account that he told Goodell in a June 16 meeting that he hit Palmer, according to sources.

Goodell stated in a disciplinary letter to Rice and the NFL Players Association that Rice's explanation in that meeting differed greatly from what was seen on the video.

Rice filed a separate grievance against the Ravens, citing wrongful termination of his $35 million contract and seeking payment of his $3.592 million salary for the 2014 season.

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