UPDATES & NEWS
DE Greg Hardy was back to practice on Wednesday after sitting out Monday with an illness.
Hardy was a top three overall rated defensive end,among teams that play a 4-3 defense, and finished the regular season with the third most sacks in the NFL.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Hardy seems to be just fine as the illness has worked its way in and out of his system already. He was back at practice and banging bodies just as he always does, Hardy tied the team's franchise record with 15 sacks and will probably draw the assignment of being the one who follows Colin Kaepernick most of the afternoon in the hopes of containing the incredibly mobile quarterback.ANALYST: Howard Bender
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