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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:05:00 +0000
(NEW YORK) -- The NFL has suspended Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for the first two games of the regular season following his offseason arrest.
"It is disappointing that I will not be with my teammates for the first two games of the season, but that's my fault," Rice said in a statement released by the team. "As I said earlier, I failed in many ways."
Rice is able to participate in training camp and the pre-season games, but will miss the first two home games against the Bengals and Steelers. Rice will also be fined $58,000 and will be required to go to counseling, reports ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter.
"There are consequences when you make a mistake like that," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Thursday. "I stand behind Ray. He's a heck of a guy."
"He's done everything right since [the incident]," Harbaugh continued. "He makes a mistake, alright? He's going to have to pay a consequence."
Rice will be back on the field when the Ravens play in Cleveland against the Browns in Week 3.
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