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Ravens' John Harbaugh Uncertain On Timing Of NFL's Potential Discipline For Ray Rice

Five Ravens players, including Rice (r), were arrested this offseason
Ravens coach John Harbaugh yesterday said that he had "no idea when the NFL would make a decision regarding discipline" for RB Ray Rice stemming from the offseason aggravated assault on his wife, according to Clifton Brown of CSNBALTIMORE.com. Harbaugh added that the "uncertainty involving Rice’s status would not immediately impact the team’s preparation during training camp." Asked if he expected to receive word on Rice’s punishment by now, Harbaugh said that the league had "many factors to consider." Harbaugh: "It’s not my decision to make, or any of us here. It’s in other people’s hands, and I’m sure there’s a lot of complications making those kind of decisions. There are many sides to every story and there are a lot of factors, there [are] other people involved, other disciplinary situations involved. They’re going to have [to] sort through that to be fair about the whole thing. I know the league’s very judicious about that. I think they work very hard to do the right thing" (CSNBALTIMORE.com, 7/22). In Baltimore, Aaron Wilson noted five Ravens players, including Rice, "were arrested this offseason," which is the "most in the NFL, and one more than the Ravens' combined total over the previous six years." Asked how he has addressed the off-field problems, Harbaugh said, "I think the point has been made" (BALTIMORESUN.com, 7/22). Also in Baltimore, Jeff Zrebiec noted Harbaugh "scoffed at the notion that he's become the face of the team." Harbaugh: "I don't want or need to be the face of anything." He called "such questions about who is the face of the team 'disingenuous'" (Baltimore SUN, 7/22).
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