Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been indicted on a charge he assaulted his fiancee in an elevator at a casino in Atlantic City, N.J.
Rice had been charged with simple assault after police said he knocked out Janay Palmer on Feb. 15 at the Revel Casino. But a grand jury indicted him Thursday on a more serious count of aggravated assault. It carries a three- to five-year sentence.
Palmer also had been charged with simple assault. Prosecutors say that complaint was dismissed.
The couple lives in the Baltimore suburb of Reistertown.
Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Domata Peko has agreed to a two-year contract extension that runs through the 2016 season. Peko, a fourth-round pick in 2006, started all 16 games and a playoff loss to San Diego last season. He was second on the line with 72 tackles and had a career-high three sacks. He also was the lead blocker on short-yardage plays on offense.
Cash in Irsay’s vehicle
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay had $29,000 in cash and bottles of prescription drugs in his vehicle when he was arrested on suspicion of intoxicated driving and other charges, according to the arrest report. The cash was in Irsay’s wallet, metal briefcase and two laundry bags. The briefcase and bags, which were on the front passenger-side floor, also contained bottles of pills of various colors, including orange, green and white ones, the police report states.
Deal with Dolphins
Running back Knowshon Moreno has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Miami Dolphins, and they hope he’ll enliven a ground game that ranked 26th in the NFL last season. Moreno, a five-year veteran, had his best season in 2013 when he rushed for 1,038 yards, caught 60 passes and scored 13 touchdowns playing with Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.
Proving his worth
James Ihedigbo’s hard work has paid off. The Detroit Lions signed Ihedigbo to a $3.1 million, two-year contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The person, who said the deal included a $750,000 signing bonus, spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the terms had not been announced. Ihedigbo earned a spot in the NFL after being an undrafted free agent and a walk-on in college.
Services for Bills owner
Private funeral services for Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson will be held Saturday in his hometown of Detroit. The team made the announcement Thursday, two days after the 95-year-old Pro Football Hall of Fame owner died at his home in Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich. The Bills are planning to hold a public celebration and remembrance honoring Wilson at a date that has yet to be determined.
Around the league
The Tennessee Titans have agreed to a multiyear deal with linebacker Shaun Phillips. … The Minnesota Vikings have signed free agent offensive lineman Vladimir Ducasse to a one-year deal. …The Washington Redskins re-signed cornerback E.J. Biggers to a one-year deal. The team also announced that linebacker Brian Orakpo has signed his franchise player tender.