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Ray Rice accepted into pretrial diversion program

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Rice won't face jail time.

Andy Lyons

Legally speaking, Ray Rice has cleared his biggest hurdle.

The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson reported that Rice has been accepted into a pretrial diversion program, which will keep him out of jail in his assault case. Rice was arrested in February after allegedly striking his now-wife Janay Palmer.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Criminal case management clerk told me Ray Rice has been accepted into pretrial intervention program with Judge Michael Donio signing today</p>&mdash; Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) <a href="https://twitter.com/RavensInsider/statuses/468851331847823360">May 20, 2014</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>This means that Ray Rice will avoid jail time in his felony aggravated assault case</p>&mdash; Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) <a href="https://twitter.com/RavensInsider/statuses/468852382911430657">May 20, 2014</a></blockquote>
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That's good news for Rice, for as long as he completes the program, he won't have the charge on his record anymore. However, he's still eligible for a suspension from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, though Joe Flacco is predicting that doesn't happen.