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In a first for the NFL, the league has agreed to allow a neutral arbitrator to rule on Ray Rice's appeal of his indefinite suspension.
NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith said in an email that both the league and the players association had submitted candidates for a neutral arbitrator, ESPN reports. Rice was suspended from the league indefinitely after video footage surfaced of the former Baltimore Ravens running back punching his wife in an Atlantic City casino.
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In his e-mail, Smith said that the NFL players' union will "confer with the league shortly regarding the final choice of the arbitrator." We'll keep you posted.