Ray Rice says that an NFL team "would have to be willing to look deeper into who I am and realize that me and my wife had one bad night."

"I took full responsibility for everything that I did," the former Ravens running back told NBC's "Today" show Tuesday, "and the only thing I can hope for and wish for is a second chance."

An arbitrator threw out Rice's indefinite suspension last Friday, making him a free agent. But no franchise may be willing to sign the 3-time Pro Bowl pick after seeing the in-elevator video of Rice striking his-then fiancee, who is now his wife.

"If I never play football again, I'll be honest with you, I would adapt into life and I would sacrifice more so she can have a better future," Rice said while standing next to his wife and her parents.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell originally suspended Rice two games but increased the punishment after the video from February was made public Sept. 8. Baltimore released Rice that day.

Rice played in two preseason games for the Ravens this year. His last carry was a 6-yard run against San Francisco on Aug. 7. Rice, who turns 28 in January, had his worst season as a pro in 2013. He averaged a career-low 3.1 yards per carry and ran for 660 yards, ending a string of four consecutive seasons over 1,000 yards.

AP Source: Peterson doesn't testify at hearing

NEW YORK — Adrian Peterson did not testify at his appeal hearing Tuesday and NFL executive Troy Vincent is scheduled to testify Thursday, according to two people familiar with the case.

Peterson gave a statement, said one person. Both people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither side is discussing the case publicly.

Peterson left without comment after spending more than three hours at the hearing. His attorney, Jeffrey Kessler, said only that the hearing will continue Thursday.

The proceedings were held before long-time hearing officer Harold Henderson.

Peterson is seeking reinstatement after Goodell suspended him for the rest of the season for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Peterson will not be considered for reinstatement before April 15.

The 2012 NFL MVP hasn't played for the Minnesota Vikings since Week 1 after he was charged with child abuse in Texas. He was placed on paid leave while the legal process played out and pleaded no contest Nov. 4 to misdemeanor reckless assault for injuring his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch.

The NFL Players Association called the punishment "unprecedented, arbitrary and unlawful." The union is arguing Peterson should get credit for time served on the exempt list.

The NFLPA submitted a tape of a conversation between Peterson and Vincent in which the NFL's executive vice president of football operations tells Peterson he would be credited with time served and receive a 2-game suspension if he attended a disciplinary hearing Nov. 14 with Goodell. Peterson skipped that meeting.

The union asked Henderson to compel Vincent to testify and he obliged.


Senators press NFL, others on domestic violence

WASHINGTON — Members of the Senate Commerce Committee chastised the commissioners of the NFL, Major League Baseball, NBA and NHL for skipping a hearing Tuesday on domestic violence in pro sports, with one saying the absences reflect a lack of focus on the issue.

"They were all asked to be here and leadership does start at the top. And I do think that it's pretty convenient that none of them were able to appear today," said Sen. Kelly Ayotte, a Republican from New Hampshire. "That does say something about: How big a commitment is there going to be on this?"

Instead of Commissioner Roger Goodell, for example, the NFL sent Troy Vincent, the executive vice president of football operations, who ignored questions from reporters after the hearing and was led away by league employees. During his prepared testimony, Vincent — a former player — choked up while saying abuse was a "way of life" in his home when he was growing up because his mother was beaten.

Domestic violence has become a main topic of conversation across the sports landscape in recent months, particularly in light of the case of Rice.

Vincent was asked Tuesday why the NFL didn't try harder to obtain the video from inside the elevator. He replied, "I don't think there was a need," adding the league should have handed Rice a tougher punishment to begin with.

At the time of Rice's indefinite suspension, Goodell said the TMZ video spurred the tougher penalty.

Senators pressed the representatives of the four leagues and their players' unions — NBA Players Association Executive Director Michele Roberts was the only head of any of the eight organizations present — on matters such as whether they conduct their own investigations, independent of police; whether coaches or other team personnel are required to report instances of illegal conduct to law enforcement; and what sort of help is provided for abuse victims.

"You've got to understand that the status quo is not acceptable. ... I think you all know that in your hearts," said Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat. "There will be more accountability in the future."

During the hearing, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat, announced he was introducing legislation to end the leagues' permanent antitrust exemptions, while Sen. Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat, said "it's ridiculous" that the NFL enjoys tax-exempt status.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller, the West Virginia Democrat who chairs the committee, said he called for the hearing because "until very recently, the leagues' records have not been good" on the issue and they "have done little or nothing in response" when players have been charged or convicted for domestic violence.

There were some contentious moments involving the NFLPA, including when Sen. Dean Heller, a Nevada Republican, said: "When you're worried more about getting back on the field, instead of stopping abuse, your priorities are out of order."

Later, during an exchange with the NFLPA's deputy managing director, Teri Patterson, Heller added: "You're either for stopping sexual assault, domestic abuse and child abuse — or you're not."


Bengals sign offensive tackle Eric Winston

CINCINNATI — The Bengals signed Eric Winston on Tuesday, giving them another candidate to play right tackle with Andre Smith sidelined for the rest of the season with an injury.

Winston, a 9-year veteran, started at right tackle for five seasons in Houston and one each in Kansas City and Arizona. He played in the preseason with Seattle and was released. Winston is head of the NFL Players Association.

Smith was put in the injured reserve list last week with a torn left triceps. The Bengals used Marshall Newhouse and Clint Boling at the position during a 14-13 win at Tampa Bay on Sunday that left Cincinnati (8-3-1) in control of the AFC North. Newhouse started the game, Boling replaced him and Newhouse returned and finished the game at right tackle.

The Bengals also waived offensive tackle Jamon Meredith, who signed with the Bengals last week and was inactive on Sunday. Linebacker J.K. Schaffer was waived off the injured list after recovering from concussions. Schaffer, a Cincinnati native, got hurt during the preseason.

Browns' Austin still in hospital

CLEVELAND — Browns wide receiver Miles Austin will spend a third night in the hospital with a kidney injury sustained Sunday in Buffalo.

Austin was taken to Erie County Medical Center by ambulance following the 26-10 loss. The Browns say Austin, who has made several clutch catches for the club this season, is being kept for precautionary reasons. The team has not disclosed any other details of his injury.

Austin made seven catches for 86 yards against the Bills. His playing status remains unknown for this week.

The 30-year-old Austin is in his first season with the Browns, who signed him as a free agent in May. He spent the previous eight seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.