Rice was indicted on aggravated assault charges in March after security footage at an Atlantic City casino showed him dragging his then-fiancee Janay Palmer, who was unconscious, out of an elevator. The two are now married.
Rice apologized for the incident at a press conference in May. In June, he was approved to enter a pretrial intervention program that could lead to his charges being dismissed.
His two-game suspension has drawn criticism, with many saying the penalty handed down by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was too lenient.
Rice's suspension begins on Aug. 30 and runs through Sept. 12.
- Molly Geary