Ravens RB Rice suspended 2 games

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice 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 a Feb. 15 altercation in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in which he allegedly struck then-fiancee Janay Palmer. The 27-year-old Rice has been accepted into a diversion program, which upon completion could lead to the charges being expunged.

Suspended WR Blackmon arrested for pot

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Suspended Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon has been arrested in Oklahoma on a complaint of marijuana possession.

Blackmon, a former standout at Oklahoma State, was arrested Wednesday evening in the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond. Police said they noticed his sedan go around stopped traffic in an attempt to get into a turn lane. (MORE)

Falcons WR White gets 4-year extension

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) On the eve of training camp, the Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms on a new contract with receiver Roddy White.

The Falcons announced the four-year extension Thursday. Terms haven't been released. (MORE)

RG3: Nice when coaches 'believe in you'

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Robert Griffin III says it's a good thing to have coaches "who believe in you."

Griffin and the Washington Redskins opened training camp Thursday, and the contrast was stark from a year ago - when Griffin was recovering from knee surgery and was enduring a contentious relationship with coach Mike Shanahan. (MORE)

Panthers say Newton, Hardy ready to play

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman says Pro Bowlers Cam Newton and Greg Hardy will be ready to practice when the team begins training camp Friday night.

The same can't be said of often-injured running back Jonathan Stewart. (MORE)

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