OWINGS MILLS, Md. (WUSA9) -- Thursday started off on a sour note for the Ravens when Coach John Harbaugh announced that rookie defensive lineman out of Virginia, Brent urban suffered a torn ACL. He injured his knee on a play Wednesday afternoon that also saw fellow rookie Timmy Jernigan go down. Jernigan is okay, Urban will miss the season
The morning's practice lasted almost 3 hours again. It felt like twice as long knowing what the hoard of media members were there waiting for. About 15 cameras were set up in the press conference area, and more than twice that many journalists crowded around as running back Ray Rice approached the microphone for the first time since receiving a two game suspension.
A couple months ago, Rice and his now wife Janay sat in front of the media trying to explain what happened that February night in Atlantic City. At that moment though, Rice took no questions so Thursday afternoon was the first time anyone got to ask about the incident and the punishment handed down by the league
Rice was contrite, he spoke from the heart for nearly 17 minutes. He once again asked for forgiveness, owned up to what he did, and for the first time publicly Rice apologized to his wife, who was looking on from the balcony.
About 30 teammates also crowded behind the reporters, to show their support of their embattled team mate.
"I made the biggest mistake of my life," said Rice. "I want to own it."
"My actions that night were totally inexcusable."
"I know that's not who I am as a man," Rice said. "That's not who my mom raised me to be. If anyone knows me they know I was raised by a single parent and that was my mother."
Rice apologized profusely to his wife, his daughter, both families, his team and the city of Baltimore.
My wife can do no wrong. She's an angel."
Rice was asked twice to describe what happened in the elevator, but refused.
He did say that when the time is right, when the two heal their marriage, he and Janay want to go into the community and help others affected by domestic violence.