Ray Rice indicted for aggravated assault

Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens addresses the media during Super Bowl XLVII Media Availability at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside on January 30, 2013
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Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice is indicted on a charge of aggravated assault.

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been indicted on a charge of aggravated assault in an incident that took place in February with his fiancee Janay Palmer.

Both were arrested initially on an assault charge, but Rice's was increased to aggravated assault on Thursday, which could see him face five years in jail if convicted.

"This is part of the due process for Ray," Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said in a statement. "We know there is more to Ray Rice than this one incident.

"He'll be back with the team. He'll definitely be back. I know how terribly disappointing it is to Ray and his fiancee, how embarrassing it is for them. I have to have compassion towards him."

Rice has spent his entire career with the Ravens since being drafted in 2008.

Baltimore Ravens team owner Steve Bisciotti looks on from the field against the San Francisco 49ers during Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013
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