The NFL has suspended Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for the first two games of this season following his offseason arrest on an assault charge, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Rice will be fined $58,000 in addition to the two-game unpaid suspension and will be asked by the NFL to take counseling, a league source told Schefter. Rice will be subject to further discipline if he commits any more violations, according to the source.
Rice’s suspension will begin Aug. 30, and he will be eligible for reinstatement on Friday, Sept. 12, the day after the Ravens play a Thursday night game in Week 2 against the Steelers.
Rice allegedly struck his then-fiancée unconscious in February while in a casino elevator in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The three-time Pro Bowler pleaded not guilty to a third-degree charge of aggravated assault and avoided trial by being accepted into a pretrial intervention program in May.