NFL commissioner Roger Goodell defended the league Friday against criticism that it was too lenient in suspending Ray Rice two games for his “horrible mistake.”
“We just can’t make up the discipline,” Goodell said. “It has to be consistent with other cases. And it was in this matter.”
Goodell stressed that the Baltimore Ravens running back has assumed responsibility for his conduct, has no history of assault and is following a court order to enter a diversionary program after his domestic violence arrest.
“We’ve dealt with it in a serious manner, and we’re very confident that this young man understands where he is and what he needs to do going forward,” Goodell said.
SEAHAWKS: Running back Marshawn Lynch wanted $5 million more this season than the concessions he received on his contract before ending his eight-day holdout Thursday, according to ESPN.com.
The running back had accumulated nearly $500,000 in team fines for his absence through Thursday.
REDSKINS: Receiver Jerry Rice Jr. has a torn labrum in his left shoulder and will have surgery.
Coach Jay Gruden indicated Friday that Rice probably will be placed on injured reserve.
Rice was hurt during Thursday’s practice when he fell on his shoulder while trying to catch a pass in the end zone.
Rice was undrafted out of UNLV and had tryouts with the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers this off-season before signing with the Redskins.
His father played 20 NFL seasons and is in the Hall of Fame.