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Ray Rice not allowed to play in Canadian Football League

Baltimore Ravens players react to the video that was released of former Ravens running back Ray Rice striking his then fiancee Janay Palmer. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)

The Canadian Football League quickly threw up a stop sign for any potential overtures to former Ravens star running back Ray Rice.

Rice won't be playing north of the border.

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CFL commissioner Mark Cohon issued a statement saying the league will honor the NFL's indefinite suspension of Rice, whose $35 million contract was terminated Monday by the Ravens after an ugly video surfaced of him punching Janay Palmer in a casino elevator.

CFL teams were informed that Rice can't be signed to a contract or added to a negotiation list.

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Generally, CFL teams have shied away from employing suspended NFL players since allowing Ricky Williams to play for the Toronto Argonauts. That includes suspended Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon.

It's unclear if Rice would have wanted to play in the CFL, which doesn't pay nearly as well as the NFL.

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