Ravens Terminate Contract Of Rice, NFL Suspends Him Indefinitely

San Francisco 49ers v Baltimore Ravens

Shortly after Ray Rice was rleased by the Ravens, the NFL announced he was suspended indefinitely.

The Ravens supported Rice as an organization in the immediate aftermath of the elevator incident back in March, but the release of this video changed their stance. The NFL said Monday that they had not seen the video during their investigation.

“We requested from law enforcement any and all information about the incident, including the video from inside the elevator. That video was not made available to us and no one in our office has seen it until today,” the league said in a statement released to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

Since Rice’s suspension, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced sweeping changes to the personal conduct policy concerning domestic violence cases. Violations regarding assault, battery, domestic violence or sexual assault that involve physical force “will be subject to a suspension without pay of six games for a first offense.” A second offense will result in banishment from the NFL for at least one year.

Goodell expressed regret about the league’s handling of Rice’s suspension in a letter to NFL owners on August 28th.

New Footage of Rice Shows Him Knocking Out Wife In Elevator In Atlantic City

Baltimore Ravens v Dallas Cowboys

The talk of the day isn’t about any of the action of the Ravens loss to the Bengals in week one, but instead about a disgusting incident from Ravens running back Ray Rice.

New not before released to the public footage of Rice is out, and it shows the elevator incident that landed Rice a two-game suspension to start the year.

The new footage speaks for itself, and shows Rice punching and knocking out his now wife.

The NFL told TMZ they had not seen the new footage. “We requested from law enforcement any and all information about the incident, including the video from inside the elevator. That video was not made available to us and no one in our office has seen it until today.”

If you didn’t see the new footage – here it is complements of TMZ

Bengals At Ravens Thursday Injury Report

CINCINNATI BENGALS
 
Practice Report
OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)
  Wednesday RB Rex Burkhead (knee), WR Marvin Jones (foot)
  Thursday RB Rex Burkhead (knee), WR Marvin Jones (foot)
 
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday G Mike Pollak (knee), LB Sean Porter (hamstring), WR James Wright (concussion)
  Thursday G Clint Boling (not injury related), LB Sean Porter (hamstring), T Andrew Whitworth (not injury related), WR James Wright (concussion)
 
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday CB Darqueze Dennard (hip)
  Thursday LB Vontaze Burfict (illness), CB Darqueze Dennard (hip)
 
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday LB Vontaze Burfict (hamstring), TE Tyler Eifert (shoulder), RB Cedric Peerman (hip), T Andre Smith (concussion)
  Thursday TE Tyler Eifert (shoulder), RB Cedric Peerman (hip), G Mike Pollak (knee), T Andre Smith (concussion)
 
BALTIMORE RAVENS
 
Practice Report
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday RB Bernard Pierce (concussion), CB Lardarius Webb (back)
  Thursday RB Bernard Pierce (concussion), CB Lardarius Webb (back)

Poll: Who Wins The Week One Matchup – Cincinnati or Baltimore?

Ravens-beat-Bengals-take-over-first-UEKA155-x-large

Cincinnati At Baltimore Wednesday Injury Report

CINCINNATI BENGALS
 
Practice Report
OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)
  Wednesday RB Rex Burkhead (knee), WR Marvin Jones (foot)
 
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday G Mike Pollak (knee), LB Sean Porter (hamstring), WR James Wright (concussion)
 
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday CB Darqueze Dennard (hip)
 
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday LB Vontaze Burfict (hamstring), TE Tyler Eifert (shoulder), RB Cedric Peerman (hip), T Andre Smith (concussion)
 
BALTIMORE RAVENS
 
Practice Report
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday RB Bernard Pierce (concussion), CB Lardarius Webb (back)

Cincinnati at Baltimore NFL Week One Capsule

CINCINNATI BENGALS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS

SERIES

BENGALS RAVENS
SERIES LEADER   20-16
STREAKS   5 of past 7
COACHES VS. OPP. Lewis: 12-10 Harbaugh: 7-5
LAST GAME 12/29/13: Ravens 17 at Bengals 34. Cincinnati WRs A.J. Green & Marvin Jones combine for 122 rec. yards, each scores TD. Bengals CB Dre Kirkpatrick has 21-yard INT-TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/10/13: Ravens 20, Bengals 17 (OT). Baltimore S James Ihedigbo leads defense with 6 tackles & 2 INTs. Ravens WR Torrey Smith adds 46 rec. yards & TD catch.
BROADCAST CBS (2:15 PM MT): Spero Dedes, Steve Tasker. Westwood One: Kevin Lee, Mark Malone. SIRIUS: 112 (Cin.), 92 (Bal.). XM: 226 (Bal.).

2013 STATS

PASSING Dalton: 363-586-4,293-33 (3L)-20-88.8 Flacco: 362-614-3,912-19-22-73.1
RUSHING Bernard: 170-695-4.1-5 Pierce: 152-436-2.9-2
RECEIVING Green: 98-1,426-14.6-11 (T3C) T. Smith: 65-1,128-17.4-4
OFFENSE 368.2 307.4
TAKE/GIVE +1 -5
DEFENSE 305.5 (1C) 335.5
SACKS Dunlap, Gilberry: 7.5 Suggs: 10
INTs A. Jones, Kirkpatrick: 3 Hill, J. Smith, Webb: 2
PUNTING Huber: 45.2 Koch: 46.0
KICKING Nugent: 106 (52/53 PAT; 18/22 FG) Tucker: 140 (26/26 PAT; 38/41 FG)

NOTES

BENGALS: QB ANDY DALTON is 1st Bengals QB to lead team to playoffs in 3 consecutive seasons (2011-13). Has 30-18 (.625) record, highest win pct. of any QB in club history (min. 20 starts). In 2013, set single-season team passing records for yards (4,293) & TDs (33). 1 of 3 players in NFL history to pass for 3,000+ yards in each of 1st 3 seasons (PEYTON MANNING, CAM NEWTON)…In 2013, RB GIOVANI BERNARD’s 1,209 scrimmage yards ranked 3rd among NFL rookies (695 rush; 514 receiving). Had 56 catches in 2013, most ever in single season by Bengals RB… WR A.J. GREEN aims for 3rd in row with TD catch vs. Ravens. Since joining NFL in 2011, has 260 catches, most of any player in 1st 3 seasons in NFL history. Has 3,833 receiving yards in 1st 3 seasons, 2nd-most of any player’s 1st 3 NFL seasons (RANDY MOSS, 4,163)…Defense tied for 3rd in NFL with 4 INT-TDs in 2013…Since 2012, GENO ATKINS leads NFL DTs with 18.5 sacks. Has 3 sacks in past 4 vs. Ravens…In last meeting, CB DRE KIRKPATRICK had career-high 2 INTs, including 21-yard INT-TD…RAVENS: QB JOE FLACCO has 11-0 career home record in September, tied with JAY SCHROEDER for best among Super Bowl-era QBs (min. 10 att. per start). Since joining NFL in 2008, Flacco has 62-34 record (.646). His 62 regular-season wins are most of any starting QB in 1st 6 seasons since at least 1970. Has 24-12 (.667) career record vs. AFC North…Last season, RB BERNARD PIERCE had career-high 152 rush attempts for 436 yards & posted career-bests in catches (20) & receiving yards (104)…WR TORREY SMITH had 1,128 receiving yards in 2013, 2nd-most in single-season in club history (MICHAEL JACKSON, 1,201 in 1996). Has TD catch in 2 of past 3 vs. AFC North. WR STEVE SMITH SR. makes Ravens debut. Finished 13-year Carolina career as club’s all-time leader in catches (836), receiving yards (12,197) & total TDs (75)…LB TERRELL SUGGS (94.5) is Raven’s all-time sack leader. Has 5 career 10+ sack seasons, most in club history. In 2013, LB DARYL SMITH was 1 of 3 players in NFL with 5+ sacks & 3+ INTs…Since 2012, KR JACOBY JONES has 4 kick-return TDs (3 KR, 1 PR), tied for most in NFL.

Starting CB Jimmy Smith Arrested And Charged After Saturday Night Incident

Jimmy Smith

Ravens starting cornerback Jimmy Smith was arrested and charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct Saturday night after an alleged incident at The Greene Turtle in Towson, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports. This according to Baltimore County police.

Police said Smith, 25, was cited for failure to obey a lawful order of a police officer.

Ravens team officials are aware of the incident involving Smith.

“We’re gathering information about this,” Ravens senior vice president of public and community relations Kevin Byrne said.

Officers went to The Greene Turtle on York Road after they were informed by the general manager of the restaurant that there was an unconscious woman in a bathroom at the Towson restaurant and bar, according to police.

Upon their arrival, police said, they saw Smith in the bathroom with the woman. The woman was intoxicated, according to police. Police said that the NFL player was assisting her when she vomited while leaning over a sink.

Smith told police that he and the woman had done a photo shoot together earlier in the evening, according to a police report.

Police said that after medics arrived, officers repeatedly asked Smith to step aside and he allegedly refused to comply and said several times that he was helping the woman. Police said Smith became argumentative when they asked him to step into the hallway.

According to the police report, Smith was told that because he wasn’t related to the woman and wasn’t helping her that he needed to leave so that medical personnel could attend to her and Smith replied: “I am helping her.”

According to the police report, Smith was asked three times by an officer to leave the restroom before being ushered out to the hallway. Smith allegedly cursed at the arresting officer and asked him “What the [expletive] are you gonna do?” When told again to leave, Smith replied: [Expletive] you. What the [expletive] are you gonna do?”

Smith was then placed in handcuffs. While at the Towson precinct, according to the police report, Smith told the officer: “The only reason you arrested me is so you could get on the news.”

Ravens To Host 49ers In Open Practice August 8th

San Francisco 49ers Rookie Minicamp

The Ravens and 49ers will hold an open practice at M&T Bank Stadium on Friday, Aug. 8, the day after the two teams square off in a preseason game. The practice is free and begins at 1 p.m.

The 49ers are practicing with the Ravens for four days after the preseason contest, giving the two teams a chance to go up against competition other than their teammates during training camp. Friday’s open session will be the first practice of that four-day stretch, and the rest of the practices will be at the Under Armour Performance Center.

“I’m excited about the fact that we’ve never done it before,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said about practicing with his brother’s team.

“We are going against a program that we understand what they’re all about. So we’re not bringing some program in here that we don’t trust, that doesn’t believe in the things that we believe as far as hard work. It’s going to be a program that mirrors what we’re trying to do as far as working hard. To me, that’s really important and I think we’ll both get better as a result.”