UPDATES & NEWS
Updated: Panthers receiver Steve Smith has vowed to play on Sunday against the 49ers. He also has vowed to practice on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, he’ll deliver on the first of the promises. Per a league source, Smith is expected to practice on a limited basis with a knee injury.
Smith hasn't practiced in over two weeks, so a lot is riding on his participation today in regards to this weekend's game. As long as Smith can go through practice the next couple of days there is no doubt that he will suit up for Sunday's game against the Niners. ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Rays designated P Grant Balfour for assignment.
There's no word as to why Balfour was DFA'd here as he's pitched pretty well so far, especially for a guy who had to leave the team during spring training to help take care of his ailing father. He did hit a bump in the road Saturday when he allowed three earned runs in two-thirds of an inning, but before that, he had made five appearances, pitched 3 2/3 innings and allowed two hits with no runs. The Rays will likely give some reason for the move, but look for Balfour to pick up with another team fairly quickly. Analysis: Howard Bender