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Contrite Rice takes the blame for assault

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Ray Rice stepped to the microphone Thursday, took a deep breath and spoke for 17 minutes about what he called "the biggest mistake of his life."

The Ravens running back, speaking publicly for the first time since receiving a two-game suspension from the league, said his Feb. 15 arrest for domestic violence against his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, will haunt him long after career has ended.

"My actions that night were totally inexcusable," said Rice, who was accepted into a diversion program that led to assault charges against him being dropped.

"My daughter is 2 years old now. One day, she's going to know the power of Google. Me having to explain that to her, what happened that night, that's something I have to live with the rest of my life."

Rice was referring to a grainy video in which he is shown dragging Palmer, now his wife, from an elevator at an Atlantic City casino. He did not address the incident at a news conference in May, and although he refused to divulge details Thursday, he dismissed the notion he was provoked.

"I take full responsibility for my actions," he said. "My wife can do no wrong."

Rice declined to weigh-in on talk that his two-game suspension was too lenient.

"No football games and no money was going to determine what I have to live with the rest of my life," he said. "That punishment I received from the NFL, it hurts that I can't play football."

Lynch in: Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch arrived at training camp, ending a holdout that spanned a week. He still must pass his physical and be added to the active roster. Lynch was unhappy with his contract, scheduled to pay him $5.5 million this season in base pay and roster bonuses. It's the third year of a four-year deal he signed before the 2012 season. In response to the holdout, the team reportedly raised Lynch's base salary to $6 million this season, plus another $500,000 scheduled for 2015, according to nbcsports.com.

Bills: Donald Trump has advanced to the next round of bidding to purchase the team, his lawyer said. There was no report on other prospective bidders, include the owners of the NHL's Sabres and a Toronto group that includes rocker Jon Bon Jovi.

Chiefs: Safety Eric Berry left practice after hurting his right ankle. "It's no Achilles. It's no ligament tear," coach Andy Reid said. "We'll have to see."

Colts: Donald Thomas, who was projected to start at left guard, will have season-ending surgery for a torn right quad. He was injured Wednesday after he wound up in a pileup. He sustained the same injury last season.

Falcons: Defensive tackle Peria Jerry, 29, the 24th overall pick in 2009, retired. The team did not disclose a reason.

Jaguars: Receiver and punt returner Tandon Doss screamed in pain after injuring his right ankle when it got caught under linebacker Geno Hayes during a play. X-rays showed no broken bones.

Contrite Rice takes the blame for assault 07/31/14 [Last modified: Thursday, July 31, 2014 10:33pm]
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