According to multiple reports, Ray Rice will appeal his indefinite suspension by the NFL on Monday, one week after the running back was released by the Ravens.
Rice was cut by Baltimore after a surveillance video surfaced of Rice punching his then-fiancée while inside an elevator at an Atlantic City casino. The NFL then increased Rice’s suspension from the initial two-game ban administered in July to an indefinite suspension.
The appeal will be handled by the NFL Players Association and by an outside lawyer retained by Rice.
Panthers deactivate Hardy
Panthers coach Ron Rivera had a change of heart Sunday, benching defensive end Greg Hardy before the team’s 24-7 home win against the Detroit Lions.
Rivera defended his late decision to make Hardy inactive by saying the ‘‘climate has changed’’ and the team ‘‘has to get this right.’’
Hardy was convicted July 15 of assault on a female and communicating threats. He is appealing the ruling. He was active against Tampa Bay in Week 1.
Rivera said he wouldn’t rule out Hardy playing in the future.
‘‘We have to go through a very difficult process and he has to go through one, as do other people as well,’’ Rivera said. ‘‘This is a very serious situation and set of circumstances. We are going to work things out and hopefully we get it right.’’
Carolina listed Hardy as inactive just two days after Rivera said Friday that Hardy would play.
Rivera refused to discuss details surrounding the Hardy case and why he chose to change course.
‘‘It was my decision and it was in the best interest of the Carolina Panthers,’’ Rivera said.
League says officials erred
The NFL said league officials erred by not stopping play for a replay review after the Seahawks’ Percy Harvin scored on a 51-yard touchdown run against San Diego on Sunday. The first-quarter play put Seattle ahead, 7-3, its only lead of the day. The Chargers won, 30-21. Harvin took a pitch from Russell Wilson, got the edge, and ran down the left sideline. But Harvin had stepped on the sideline during the run and the NFL said after the game the score was ‘‘incorrectly confirmed.’’ ‘‘Had the game been stopped for a replay review, the touchdown would have been reversed because Harvin stepped out of bounds at the San Diego 21-yard line,’’ the league said . . . Lions coach Jim Caldwell plans to take his time before making any decisions about whether to replace rookie kicker Nate Freese. Freese, a seventh-round pick out of Boston College, missed a pair of 49-yard field goals in the first half Sunday, setting the tone for a mistake-filled day for Detroit in a 24-7 loss to host Carolina. ‘‘We certainly don’t want to make any rash decisions or judgments right after ballgames are over with,’’ Caldwell said. Freese is 2 for 5 on field goals this season.