In a rare mea culpa, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday that he had mishandled the Ray Rice case, in which the Baltimore Ravens running back was suspended for two games after being accused of assaulting his fiancée.
The suspension, announced late last month, led to an instant and furious uproar from women’s groups, organizations supporting victims of domestic violence and even players who felt the penalty was too light and inconsistent with punishments for other offenses.
Goodell said that in the future any NFL employee — not just a player — who is found to have engaged in assault, battery, domestic violence or sexual assault that involved physical force will be suspended without pay for six games for a first offense. Second-time offenders will be banished from the league for at least one year.
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At Bengals 35, Colts 7
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Falcons 24, at Jaguars 14
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At Packers 34, Chiefs 14
Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien each threw for two touchdowns in their competition to back up starter Aaron Rodgers.
At Eagles 37, Jets 7
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At Dolphins 14, Rams 13
Matt Hazel caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Seth Lobato with 6:15 left.
At Giants 16, Patriots 13
Josh Brown kicked a 37-yard field goal with 38 seconds to play and the Giants capped their first undefeated exhibition season since 2006.
Panthers 10, at Steelers 0
Fozzy Whittaker ran for a 2-yard touchdown, and Graham Gano added a short field goal.
Washington 24, at Buccaneers 10
Colt McCoy threw for 321 yards and two touchdowns.
49ers 40, at Texans 13
Rookie linebacker Chris Borland returned an interception 34 yards for a touchdown and third-string quarterback Josh Johnson threw three TD passes.
Ravens 22, at Saints 13
Justin Tucker hit five field goals and the Ravens wrapped up a perfect exhibition season.
Broncos 27, at Cowboys 3
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Vikings 19, at Titans 3
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At Browns 33, Bears 13
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At Chargers 12, Cardinals 9
Nick Novak kicked four field goals for the Chargers.