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Reports: Roger Goodell to testify in Ray Rice appeal
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Reports: Roger Goodell to testify in Ray Rice appeal
Thursday October 23rd, 2014

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will be "forced" to testify at ex-Ravens running back Ray Rice's appeal hearing, according to multiple reports. ESPN's Adam Schefter was first to report the news.

Rice is reportedly set to appeal his indefinite suspension at a hearing on Nov. 5 and 6. Judge Barbara Jones, a former U.S. district judge, will be the independent arbitrator in the case.

If Rice's appeal is successful, he could theoretically return to the NFL this season. CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora says several legal experts have told him "Rice has an exceedingly strong case."

• ​SI's complete Ray Rice coverage

Goodell suspended Rice indefinitely on Sept. 8, after TMZ released a video of him punching his then-fiancée. Goodell had previously suspended Rice for two games after his arrest on domestic violence charges and the release of another video showing him dragging his seemingly-unconscious fiancée from a casino elevator.

Rice is expected to argue that he was punished twice by the league for the same infraction, which would be against the collective bargaining agreement.

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Rice has filed a grievance against the Ravens for terminating his contract in September. 

Former FBI director Robert Mueller is currently conducting an investigation on behalf of the NFL into how the league handled its initial investigation of the Rice case.

- Dan Gartland

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