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Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh believes that running back Ray Rice will be back with the team despite his arrest for simple assault.

Rice and his fiancee, Janay Palmer, were arrested last Saturday in Atlantic City, N.J. According to, police have video of Rice knocking her unconscious. The website TMZ also posted footage of Rice lifting a limp Palmer out of an elevator and placing her on the floor at a casino.

"The facts will determine the consequences, always," Harbaugh said Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine. "That's always the case, right? It's a process. We have to see how it goes."

But Harbaugh does not foresee it going as far as Rice losing his job with the Ravens next season.

"I haven't seen anything that would remotely make me think that," he said.

Harbaugh said he discussed the incident with Rice on Monday and expects the Pro Bowl running back to participate in the Ravens' voluntary workouts.

"Ray and I are real close," Harbaugh said. "We have been for a long time, so it's an easy conversation to have. I love Janay. She's a great person.

"The two people obviously have a couple issues that they have to work through, and they're both committed to doing that. That was the main takeaway for me from the conversation. They understand their own issues. They're getting a lot of counseling and those kinds of things, so I think that's really positive. That was the main takeaway."

A Tuesday court date was postponed to allow prosecutors to review the case. Rice also faces the possibility of punishment from the NFL.

"There are a lot of facts and a process that has to be worked through in anything like this," Harbaugh said. "There are a lot of question marks. But Ray's character, you guys know his character. So you start with that."

Rice had the worst season of his six-year pro career in 2013, rushing for 660 yards and four touchdowns on 214 carries, after four straight seasons with more than 1,110 yards on the ground.
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