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Rise 'n Grind: The NFL's domestic violence policy is being tested again

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Bruce Miller's arrest in March on spousal battery and later plea to disturbing the peace could force the NFL to make a precedent-setting decision.

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GRAY AREA: 49ers fullback Bruce Miller pleaded no contest to disturbing the peace Tuesday after initially being charged with spousal battery by police in March. Miller's fiancée told police that Miller pushed her out of a vehicle, but showed no visible injuries and later denied any physical contact. Still, as David Fucillo at Niners Nation writes, the incident puts the NFL in a tricky situation with respect to the domestic violence policy it enacted in the wake of the Ray Rice case. Miller could earn anywhere from a fine to a six-game suspension from the league office -- "The problem is that the league does not sufficiently clarify what constitutes a first offense. It involves a violation regarding assault, battery, domestic violence or sexual assault. It does not require a legal conviction, although that obviously would factor into a decision."

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