Problem is, the NFL is profit driven. Much of their profit comes directly or indirectly from advertisers.
The advertisers are no longer happy with the status quo of "let's wait for the courts to decide".
Advertisers don't want their products associated with players who are beating defenseless women and children. It is bad for business.
There has been a monumental shift in how these issues will be dealt with from here on out. Get in trouble with the law and expect to be suspended with pay until the issue is resolved.
The NFL cannot afford to have individuals like RR and AP playing when photos and videos are all over the internet of their handy work.
Temporarily perhaps, and I agree they don't have much of a choice but to do something now. But in a few months this will be mostly forgotten, and I hope at that time the NFL develops a fair and consistent policy, albeit one that allows for differences in the circumstances.