The Ravens will be conducting business as usual the rest of training camp, as running back Ray Rice’s two-game suspension was handed down during the first-full squad practice in Owings Mills Thursday afternoon. This causes him to miss 25% of the home games this season due to the punishment. Regardless, Rice’s suspension will not go into affect until August 30th, and he’s still eligible to practice and participate throughout the pre-season.
When the news broke during the 1st day of camp, General Manger Ozzie Newsome, made sure to alert Coach John Harbaugh along with Rice. As the team came off the field, Rice declined comment and Harbaugh spoke on his behalf, raising some eyebrows with his staunch defense. “It’s not a big deal. It’s just part of the process. We said from the beginning that the circumstances would determine the consequences. There are consequences when you make a mistake like that. I stand behind Ray. He’s a heck of a guy. He’s done everything right since. He makes a mistake. He’s going to have to pay a consequence.”