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Rice to Hardy: Domestic violence is serious issue

NEW YORK — Ray Rice says he would encourage Greg Hardy to examine the "severity of domestic violence."

Hardy has to be "sincere" in his actions on and off the field, Rice told WFAN radio Thursday.

"You don't have to win another football game. You don't need another dollar to go out and make a difference in other peoples' lives," Rice said.

Hardy got a second chance with the Cowboys after missing 14 games last season while with the Panthers due to a domestic violence case in which the defensive end was accused of assaulting his then-girlfriend. Hardy was convicted, but the conviction was overturned on appeal when the woman couldn't be located to testify. He served a four-game suspension to begin this year.

Hardy was put under more scrutiny this month when photos of the bruised ex-girlfriend were released by the website Deadspin.

Rice was suspended indefinitely by the NFL and released by the Ravens last year when a video surfaced of the running back punching his then-fiancee in an elevator. His suspension was overturned by a neutral arbitrator. He hasn't signed with another team.

A domestic violence charge against Rice was dismissed in May following his completion of a pretrial intervention program.

Rice, a three-time Pro Bowl player, still wants to play and stopped short of saying he's being blackballed.

"What I've done over the entire year is understand the severity of domestic violence," Rice said. "I really did a lot of research and counseling, whatever I had to do. I think it is a total rehabilitation."

Jaguars 19, Titans 13: Former FSU standout Rashad Greene returned a punt 63 yards, setting up Blake Bortles' 5-yard touchdown pass to Julius Thomas with 3:30 remaining to rally host Jacksonville. The Jaguars won consecutive games for the first time in more than two years and gained ground in the muddled AFC South, at 4-6 a half-game out of first. The Titans lost for the eighth time in nine games and spoiled interim coach Mike Mularkey's return to Jacksonville. Mularkey was fired after one season with the Jaguars, a 2-14 campaign in 2012.

Cardinals: Left guard Mike Iupati returned to practice four days after he was taken off the field in Seattle in an ambulance after a violent collision with Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor. He said he "should be okay" for Sunday against the Bengals. … The pelvic thrust that might lead to a fine for quarterback Carson Palmer wasn't meant to taunt the Seahawks crowd late in a 39-32 victory. Palmer told ESPN it was directed at friends who were sitting in the stands.

Cowboys: Quarterback Tony Romo will have extra padding sewn into the T-shirt he wears under his uniform to protect his collarbone upon his return Sunday.

Eagles: Quarterback Sam Bradford, running back Ryan Mathews and left tackle Jason Peters missed practice, meaning the team could be without three key offensive players against the Bucs on Sunday.

Jets: Coach Todd Bowles said quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will start Sunday, barring setbacks with his surgically repaired left thumb. Fitzpatrick practiced a day after sitting out team drills. … Receiver Quincy Enunwa wants to be "a positive influence" after rejoining the team following a four-game suspension for a domestic violence arrest. Charges were later dropped.

Packers: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has a right shoulder injury, but it didn't stop him from throwing at practice. "Probably banged up," Rodgers said when asked to describe his status. … Receiver Jared Abbrederis, who took a shot to his ribs on Sunday, will be out "several weeks," coach Mike McCarthy said.

Raiders: Linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong did not act maliciously when he confronted a police dog before a Nov. 8 game in Pittsburgh against the Steelers, Pennsylvania authorities said.

Texans: Quarterback Brandon Weeden was claimed off waivers with Brian Hoyer questionable for Sunday's game because of a concussion. Weeden was released by the Cowboys on Tuesday.

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