The TMZ website posted the surveillance video shot in February showing Rice punching his soon-to-be wife, Janay Palmer, in an Atlantic City hotel elevator.
A few months after the incident, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Rice without pay for the first two games of the regular season and fined him for “conduct detrimental to the NFL”.
Goodell had not seen the newly released footage of the incident before yesterday, the league told CNN.
In a press conference in July, Rice said his actions were “inexcusable” and that he and his wife are in counselling. However the outcry after the video was released yesterday proved too much, and the Ravens last night tweeted: “The #Ravens have terminated RB Ray Rice’s contract this afternoon.”
Rice missed the Ravens’ 23-16 Sunday opening loss to Cincinnati .
The Denver Broncos downed Indianapolis 31-24 in their season opener on Sunday. Peyton Manning threw three touchdown passes to Julius Thomas, and Manning scorched his former team, completing 22 of 36 passes for 269 yards and three touchdowns, while the Broncos defensive unit, revamped after Denver’s humbling 43-8 loss to Seattle in the Super Bowl last February, kept Manning’s Indy replacement, Andrew Luck, struggling. Manning connected on touchdown throws of three, five and 35 yards to Thomas in the second quarter to spark the Broncos, with 25 new players on the roster from their Super Bowl lineup, to a 24-0 lead.
“We got off to a good start. We came out fast,” Manning said. “In the second half, we came out a little sluggish and it stayed with us the second half. We’ve got to find a way to avoid that and play four quarters.”
Luck fired a 41-yard touchdown pass to Dwayne Allen and a nine-yard touchdown pass to Hakeem Nicks to lift the Colts within 31-24, and the Colts took the ball again with 2:58 to play, but Denver defenders forced a turnover on downs to seal the victory.
The victory was Manning’s first over his former team, putting him alongside Brett Favre as the only quarterbacks to have beaten all 32 NFL teams.
Miami’s Ryan Tannehill threw two touchdown passes and ex-Denver star Knowshon Moreno ran 134 yards and a touchdown as the Dolphins scored 23 unanswered second-half points to beat visiting New England 33-20. Patriots star Tom Brady completed 29 of 56 passes for 249 yards and a touchdown, as New England lost a season opener for the first time since 2003 managing just 67 second-half yards.
San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick hit 16 of 23 passes for 201 yards and two touchdown passes to Vernon Davis, while defenders forced four turnovers in a 28-17 victory at Dallas.
Dan Carpenter kicked a 27-yard overtime field goal to give the Buffalo Bills a 23-20 win at Chicago.
Atlanta’s Matt Ryan completed 31 of 43 passes for a team-record 448 yards and three touchdowns, while Matt Bryant kicked a 52-yard field goal 1:43 into overtime to lift the Falcons over New Orleans 37-34.
Philadelphia scored 34 unanswered second-half points to rip Jacksonville 34-17. Nick Foles threw for 322 yards and two touchdowns for the Eagles.
Shaun Suisham kicked a 41-yard field goal as time expired to give hosts Pittsburgh a 30-27 win over Cleveland. Houston’s Alfred Blue returned a blocked punt for a touchdown and the Texans beat visiting Washington 17-6, but NFL Draft top pick Jadeveon Clowney suffered a right knee injury that could sideline him for six weeks.
Jake Locker threw for two touchdowns to power Tennessee past host Kansas City 26-10 while Carolina beat Tampa Bay 20-14.
Chris Ivory rushed for 102 yards, including a 71-yard touchdown run, as the New York Jets beat visiting Oakland 19-14, while Mike Zimmer made a winning debut as Minnesota Vikings coach as they routed St Louis 34-6.