Ravens running back Ray Rice pleaded not guilty Thursday to assault charges stemming from an incident with his then-girlfriend in an Atlantic City casino elevator. His lawyer said Rice is "ashamed" and "sorry" about his conduct but would not specify exactly what Rice did.
After the five-minute court hearing in Mays Landing, Rice applied for New Jersey's pretrial intervention program, which allows for charges to be dismissed against first-time offenders who participate in the program and meet certain conditions. The county prosecutor will decide whether Rice is allowed to enter the program.
If not, prosecutors have offered Rice a plea bargain that would spare him jail time if he participates in anger management counseling.
Security video obtained by TMZ Sports shows Rice removing the motionless body of Janay Palmer from an elevator at Revel Hotel Casino on Feb. 15. She did not comment as the two walked into the courthouse. The couple married a day after Rice, 27, was indicted.
Browns: Free agent QB Vince Young, who hasn't played in a regular-season game since 2011, was given a three-day tryout and showed enough to earn a one-year contract. Young, 30, made two Pro Bowls during his five seasons with Tennessee, which drafted him with the No. 3 overall pick in 2006. He will move into a backup role behind Brian Hoyer. The club also signed free agent QB Tyler Thigpen and linebacker Zac Diles.
Giants: GM Jerry Reese said Eli Manning's left ankle surgery will keep him "out of spring ball." His primary backup last year, Curtis Painter, had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and is out about a month. Reese expects competition for the backup job among Painter, last year's draft pick Ryan Nassib and former Buc Josh Freeman. New York also picked up the fifth-year contract option on cornerback Prince Amukamara.
Hernandez charged: Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been indicted in an alleged jail assault in February and an alleged threat at the jail in November in Fall River, Mass. He's being held without bail at the jail after pleading not guilty to murder in the 2013 death of Odin Lloyd of Boston. Prosecutors said they would have no further comment on the new charges before his arraignment, which has not been scheduled. The Bristol County sheriff has said Hernandez was involved in a Feb. 25 scuffle with another inmate but neither required medical attention.