NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) -- A hearing on Ray Rice's appeal of his indefinite suspension will be held Nov. 5 and 6, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.
The people spoke with the AP on condition of anonymity Tuesday because details of the hearing have not been made public.
Rice was suspended indefinitely Sept. 8 for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy after a video of Rice hitting his then-fiancee in an elevator was released publicly. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell originally had suspended Rice for two games.
Once the video became public, the Baltimore Ravens cut the star running back, and the league banned him indefinitely. The league considered the video to be new evidence, giving Goodell the authority to further suspend Rice.
The players' union is appealing Rice's suspension, saying Rice should not be punished twice.
A neutral arbiter is expected to decide whether Goodell should testify. The arbiter had not yet made that decision as of Tuesday afternoon, the sources who informed the AP of the hearing said.
The arbiter, former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones, was jointly picked by the commissioner and the players' union. Union officials said when the appeal was announced that Goodell and his staff's testimony are key to the appeal and a central reason to have an outside arbiter.
Rice has also filed a grievance against the Ravens, according to multiple reports.
He could recoup $3.52 million in salary if he wins both cases, Pro Football Talk reported.
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