Ray Rice suspended 2 games

"We appreciate the thorough process the league office used to evaluate the incident with Ray Rice," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement. "The time the commissioner spent with Ray and Janay is typical of the extra steps the NFL takes when making decisions regarding discipline issues. While not having Ray for the first two games is significant to our team, we respect the league's decision and believe it is fair.

"We also respect the efforts Ray has made to become the best partner and father he can be." Newsome said. "That night was not typical of the Ray Rice we know and respect. We believe that he will not let that one night define who he is, and he is determined to make sure something like this never happens again."

Under the personal conduct policy, the NFL can suspend a player even if he isn't charged or convicted of a crime. Rice met with Goodell on June 16.

"I believe that you are sincere in your desire to learn from this matter and move forward toward a healthy relationship and successful career," Goodell wrote to Rice. "I am now focused on your actions and expect you to demonstrate by those actions that you are prepared to fulfill those expectations."

Rice will begin serving his suspension Aug. 30, and he will be eligible for reinstatement Sept. 12, the day after Baltimore plays a Thursday night game in Week 2 against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers.

Rice also will miss the Ravens' season opener against another division rival, the Cincinnati Bengals.

There is no proven starter on the Ravens' roster to replace Rice. Baltimore's top backup running backs -- Bernard Pierce, Justin Forsett and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro -- have a combined eight career starts. Pierce is expected to fill in for Rice, but he's been limited this offseason while recovering from shoulder surgery.

First-time offenders, such as Rice, typically are suspended a month or less by the league. In the past three years, only 12 players have received more than four-game suspensions, and all were repeat offenders.

The amount of the additional fine is $58,823, which specifically represents one-seventeenth of Rice's $1 million base salary from 2013, a league source confirmed to ESPN. The two game checks from this season equal $470,588.

A league official told ESPN that the decision on the sum of the additional game check was based on the idea that the incident occurred during the 2013 season.

Rice was one of five Ravens players arrested this offseason. The latest was cornerback Jimmy Smith, who was arrested and charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct July 12.

ESPN NFL Insiders Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen and ESPN.com Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley contributed to this report.

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