Ray Rice Wins Appeal And Is Reinstated By NFL

Ray Rice arrives with his wife Janay Palmer for an appeal hearing of his indefinite suspension from the NFL, on Nov. 5. in New York. (AP)

Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who was suspended indefinitely after a video surfaced earlier this year that showed him hitting his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, has won an appeal and will be reinstated by the NFL.

The National Football League reported the news on its website. The players' union said the suspension had been "vacated immediately," according to The Associated Press.

The AP says: "The appeal was heard earlier this month by former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones. She was deciding whether the NFL overstepped its authority in modifying Rice's two-game suspension, making it indefinite after video of the Baltimore Ravens running back punching his fiancee— now his wife — became public."

Rice's reinstatement means that he's eligible to sign with any National Football League team, the website said.

As The Two Way's Bill Chappell reported at the time of his suspension, Rice was not only suspended from the league by Commissioner Roger Goodell but terminated by the Ravens.

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