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Rice suspended…Browns to learn Gordon’s status soon

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Running back Ray Rice of the Ravens has received a two-game suspension from the NFL following his offseason arrest for domestic violence. Rice will miss the season opener against AFC North champion Cincinnati on Sept. 7 and the Sept. 11 game on Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Rice was arrested following an altercation in which he allegedly struck then-fiancee Janay Palmer.

In other training camp news:

— The Browns may soon learn whether they’ll have Josh Gordon this season. The Pro Bowl wide receiver will have an appeal hearing with NFL officials in New York on Aug. 1. That’s what a person with knowledge of the meeting told The Associated Press on Thursday. Gordon is facing a possible one-year ban for violating the league’s substance abuse policy for at least the third time.

— The threat of being cut hasn’t served as a deterrent for suspended Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon. He was arrested in the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond on a complaint of marijuana possession. Blackmon is suspended without pay indefinitely for repeated violations of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.

— The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms on a new four-year contract with receiver Roddy White. He holds the team records for career receptions and yards receiving. White battled ankle and hamstring injuries last season that kept him out of three games.

– Former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, who is recovering from cancer treatments, will participate in the coin toss at the Hall of Fame game on Aug. 3. The Hall of Famer will represent Buffalo as an honorary captain, while former linebacker Harry Carson will be the New York Giants’ honorary captain when the teams face off in the first NFL preseason game.

 

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