Ravens’ Rice gets good reception from fans

BALTIMORE — Ravens running back Ray Rice got off to a good start in the preseason opener and received some loud applause for it.

In his first game since his alleged domestic violence incident, Rice ran for 17 yards on three carries in what was a sharp first drive.

Fans cheered for Rice when he was announced during pregame introductions, and they clapped again for him after his first run, which was a 6-yard gain. No boos were audible during either instance.

Rice, who lost 15 pounds coming off a career-worst 2013, had more acceleration and showed more decisiveness on his runs.

Rice only played one series, which ended in a touchdown by Bernard Pierce, before being removed.

There were several women and children at M&T Bank Stadium wearing Rice’s No. 27 jersey.

Rice was arrested Feb. 15, after he allegedly struck then-fiancée Janay Palmer, leaving her unconscious during an altercation at an Atlantic City hotel. Video surfaced online showing Rice dragging an apparently unconscious Palmer out of an elevator. The couple since has married.

Rice pleaded not guilty to a third-degree charge of aggravated assault and avoided trial by being accepted into a pretrial intervention program in May. The NFL announced that Rice would be suspended for the first two games of the upcoming regular season and fined three game checks.


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