Ray Rice, Dont'a Hightower

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice goes in for a two-yard touchdown run against New England Patriots outside linebacker Dont'a Hightower during the first half of the AFC Championship game in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013.

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Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was arrested in Atlantic City early Saturday morning after a physical altercation with a woman, police confirmed Sunday night.

There were no injuries to either party, Sgt. Monica McMenamin said. A simple assault complaint was signed against each by the responding officer.

Rice, 27, graduated from Rutgers and was drafted by the Ravens in the second round of the 2008 draft.

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Officers Cuong Sam and Byron Hargis responded to the Revel Casino just before 3 a.m., and were taken to Rice and Janay Palmer, 26.

Surveillance video shows both parties were involved in a physical altercation, according to the report.

The complaint summons indicates that Rice and Palmer struck each other with their hands, McMenamin said.

In New Jersey, police response to domestic violence cases are based on state law, court rules and the Domestic Violence Procedure Manual, McMenamin explained. In a discretionary arrest situation, a police officer may arrest a person or may sign a criminal complaint against a person, or may do both, where there is probable cause to believe that an act of domestic violence has been committed.  

"Both Palmer and Rice refused any medical attention as no injuries were reported by either party," McMenamin said.

The couple were transported to the Atlantic City Police Department holding facility, and later released on a summons to appear in court.

The Baltimore Sun reported that Rice's attorney Andrew Alperstein described it as a "very minor physical altercation," identifying Palmer as Rice's fiancee.

"We are aware of the Friday night situation with Ray Rice and his fiancee," the Baltimore Ravens said in a news release. "We have spoken with Ray, and know that they returned home together after being detained."

Michael Diamondstein, a Philadelphia-based attorney who has been hired to represent Rice in the matter, told the Baltimore Sun that he hadn't seen the charges yet, but confirmed there was an argument that included Rice.

“Once we’re able to go through the evidence, it should wind up to be little more than a misunderstanding,” Diamondstein said, according to the Sun's report.

Rice is a three-time Pro Bowler with the Ravens. After helping lead the Ravens to a Super Bowl title in February 2013, Rice struggled last season, rushing for 660 yards on 214 carries.

He has rushed for more than 1,000 yards in a season four times during his six-year career, with a career-high 1,364 yards in 2011.

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