The wife of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice had an influence on why Rice received only a two-game suspension stemming from the assault charge he received earlier this year.

According to TheMMQB.com, Rice's wife, Janay Palmer, asked NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to go easy on him.

Rice was indicted on a third-degree assault charge following a physical incident with Palmer, then his fiancee, at an Atlantic City hotel in February.

Palmer reportedly "made a moving and apparently convincing case to Goodell during a June 16 hearing ... that the incident in the hotel elevator was a one-time event, and nothing physical had happened in their relationship before or since," according to TheMMQB.com.

Palmer also urged Goodell "to not ruin Rice's image and career with his sanctions."

According to the report, Rice also received only a two-game ban because: it was his first violation of any NFL policy; he was not convicted of a crime in conjunction with the incident; he has been the Ravens' leader in performing volunteer work in the community; and he admitted his mistake soon after the incident and sought counseling.