Union: Ray Rice wins appeal, suspension vacated immediately

photo Ray Rice arrives with his wife Janay Palmer for an appeal hearing of his indefinite suspension from the NFL on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in New York.

Updated at 4:13 p.m. to add details.

Ray Rice has won the appeal of his indefinite suspension by the NFL.

An arbitrator ruled Friday that his suspension should be vacated immediately. Former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones said Commissioner Roger Goodell's decision in September to change Rice's original suspension from two games to indefinite was "arbitrary."

Jones was deciding whether the NFL overstepped its authority in modifying Rice's two-game suspension after video of the Baltimore Ravens running back punching his fiancee- now his wife, Janay - became public.