Ray Rice, Will Hill begin their suspensions

August, 30, 2014
Aug 30
2:20
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OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The suspensions for Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and safety Will Hill begin Saturday at 4 p.m. ET.

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Rice is serving a two-game suspension from the NFL for his domestic violence incident. He will miss games against the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers and won't be allowed to return to the Ravens' facility until Monday, September 15.

Hill is suspended for the first six games and won't be back until October 13.

Both players did have one final practice with the team Saturday.

"The challenge for any player on suspension is to go to work and to keep focused on what is important, which is what's coming down the road," coach John Harbaugh said. "You try to take the situation and make the most of it, make the best of it and make it right in the end. From a football perspective, that's what both of those guys need to do."

With Rice going on suspension, the Ravens had to be relieved that Bernard Pierce returned to practice. He had missed the past week of practice with a concussion and didn't travel with the team for the preseason finale.

Pierce is expected to fill in as the starting running back for the first two regular-season games. In addition to Pierce, cornerbacks Jimmy Smith (chest), Lardarius Webb (back) and Asa Jackson (ankle) all practiced, as well offensive tackle Jah Reid (concussion).

That meant every Ravens player was on the field.

"It's very encouraging to get all of those guys practicing," Harbaugh said. "Those guys all looked good. We'll just take it one day at a time from there."

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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