Donte Stallworth

Ray Rice wins appeal of suspension, but future uncertain

Ray Rice is eligible to return to the NFL after an arbitrator overturned his indefinite suspension Friday, but the former Ravens star still faces a difficult path to regaining public acceptance and persuading a team to sign him.

Former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones ruled that league commissioner Roger Goodell had improperly punished Rice twice for striking then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, at an Atlantic City casino in February.

Goodell suspended Rice indefinitely on Sept. 8, shortly after a video of the assault surfaced. The commissioner had previously suspended Rice two games for the incident, prompting a fierce outcry from critics who said the league did not take...