OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice received a two-game suspension from the NFL following his offseason arrest for domestic violence.
Rice will miss the season opener against AFC North champion Cincinnati on Sept. 7 and the Sept. 11 game on Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The six-year veteran was arrested following a Feb. 15 altercation in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in which he allegedly struck then-fiancee Janay Palmer. The 27-year-old Rice has been accepted into a diversion program, which upon completion could lead to the charges being expunged.
Rice met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell last month after joining the diversion program. Goodell ultimately decided to suspend the running back for two games without pay and fine him an additional game check for conduct detrimental to the NFL in violation of the league’s Personal Conduct Policy.
Cowboys’ Spencer put on PUP list
Dallas placed defensive end Anthony Spencer and guard Ron Leary on the active physically unable to perform list to start training camp. Both players can practice once they are cleared medically. Spencer is still recovering from knee surgery almost a year ago and Leary has a hamstring injury.
Spencer, a former Luers and Purdue standout, had a career-high 11 sacks in 2012 but played just the opener last year because of knee trouble.
Browns receiver to appeal suspension
Cleveland receiver Josh Gordon will have a hearing with NFL officials in New York on Aug. 1. Gordon reportedly failed another drug test during the offseason, which could lead to a season-long or indefinite ban.
Around the league
Atlanta agreed to a four-year extension with receiver Roddy White Cincinnati cornerback Leon Hall was cleared to practice. Denver receiver Demaryius Thomas will miss the first few days of camp to attend his grandmother’s funeral.
Suspended Jacksonville receiver Justin Blackmon was arrested in Oklahoma for possession of marijuana . Former Washington tight end Fred Davis turned himself in to police in a domestic violence case.
Tennessee agreed to terms with left tackle Taylor Lewan. Oakland cornerback DJ Hayden (right foot) will open training camp on the physically unable to perform list.
Former Buffalo quarterback Jim Kelly, who is recovering from cancer treatments, will participate in the coin toss at the Hall of Fame game on Aug. 3.
Buffalo defensive tackles Marcell Dareus and Alan Branch were cleared for practice. A person close to the Bills’ situation says a prospective ownership group that includes rocker Jon Bon Jovi conducted a feasibility study into buying the team and building a stadium in Toronto.