Rice terminated by Ravens, suspended by NFL

Rice would have been eligible to return to the Ravens on Friday. Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens announced Monday that they have terminated the contract of running back Ray Rice. The NFL’s commissioner’s office followed the move by suspending Rice indefinitely.

The release and suspension came hours after TMZ.com released a video of Rice punching his then fiancée in the face, knocking her to the floor of an elevator in an Atlantic City casino on Feb. 15. The blow knocked her out and the video then shows Rice dragging her off the elevator.

The two were arrested on assault charges after the incident. Rice did not stand trial or serve any jail time and the NFL suspended him only two games back in June. Previously, the only video NFL officials had allegedly viewed was one of Rice dragging her off the elevator – video shot from outside the elevator that did not show the punch.

The moves likely end Rice’s NFL career. Bernard Pierce and Justin Forsett are the top-two remaining running backs on the Ravens’ roster.