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NFL players unions says Ray Rice wins appeal 'suspension vacated immediately'

  • FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2014, file photo, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice smiles on the sideline during the second half of a preseason NFL on football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Baltimore. Rice has won the appeal of his indefinite suspension by the NFL, which has been "vacated immediately," the players' union said Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2014, file photo, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice smiles on the sideline during the second half of a preseason NFL on football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Baltimore. Rice has won the appeal of his indefinite suspension by the NFL, which has been "vacated immediately," the players' union said Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2014, file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell pauses as he speaks during a news conference in New York.  Rice has won the appeal of his indefinite suspension by the NFL, which has been "vacated immediately," the players' union said Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2014, file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell pauses as he speaks during a news conference in New York. Rice has won the appeal of his indefinite suspension by the NFL, which has been "vacated immediately," the players' union said Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2014, file photo, Ray Rice arrives with his wife Janay Palmer for an appeal hearing of his indefinite suspension from the NFL in New York.   Rice has won the appeal of his indefinite suspension by the NFL, which has been "vacated immediately," the NFL football players' union said Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)

    FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2014, file photo, Ray Rice arrives with his wife Janay Palmer for an appeal hearing of his indefinite suspension from the NFL in New York. Rice has won the appeal of his indefinite suspension by the NFL, which has been "vacated immediately," the NFL football players' union said Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)  (The Associated Press)

Ray Rice has won the appeal of his indefinite suspension by the NFL, which has been "vacated immediately," the players' union said Friday.

The appeal was heard earlier this month by former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones. She was deciding whether the NFL overstepped its authority in modifying Rice's two-game suspension, making it indefinite after video of the Baltimore Ravens running back punching his fiancee — now his wife — became public.

Rice was released by the Ravens and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made the suspension indefinite shortly after the video was made public.

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