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Ruling on Rice marks unusual NFL about-face

LOS ANGELES--The NFL suffered a rare setback Friday when its far-reaching and high-profile suspension of Ray Rice was overturned, allowing the running back to return to the league immediately -- if anyone will take him. The league, which seldom has to backtrack on disciplinary decisions, agreed to reinstate Rice after arbitrator Barbara Jones, a former U.S. District Court judge, ruled the former Baltimore Ravens star had been penalized twice for knocking out his fiancee in an elevator at an Atlantic City casino. Initially, Rice was suspended for two games, but when a second, more graphic, video of the incident was made public, the suspension was made indefinite. It was interpreted as a ...

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