UPDATES & NEWS
Justin Verlander was credited for allowing seven runs over 5.2 innings with four walks and six strikeouts in the loss to the White Sox Wednesday.
Verlander actually pitched better than his final line suggests, and had he not talked rookie manager Brad Asmus into allowing him to stay in to face a left-handed hitter in the sixth inning with two outs and a lefty ready to go in the pen only to see that decision blow up in everybody's face. I have actually avoided JV over the last couple years in drafts due to his downward trend and top two number of innings since 2006 with his higher amount of leverage in his innings than any pitcher over that span and I am not confident he has turned the corner after he was allowed to throw over 120 innings on Wednesday, but I would consider rolling the dice on him over say Michael Wacha (worried he is dealing with an injury), Mat Latos, or Bronson Aorryo, to name a few.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Lions will not use the franchise tag on DT Ndamukong Suh.
There has been a lot of back-and-forth internally as to whether the Lions want to bring Suh back and obviously cost is a major issue as he will command quite the hefty salary on the open market. But they won't use the franchise tag here as they know the bitterness it will cause between player and team. Look for the Lions to make the defensive lineman a competitive offer but they won't break the bank to keep him. Analysis: Howard Bender
Le'Veon Bell could face up to a suspension of four games.
According to the new substance-abuse policy, the DUI arrest requires a mandatory two-game suspension. The fact that there was also marijuana involved opens the door for, according to the policy, a suspension of "up to four games." Considering the way the NFL continues to handle things and the fact that Bell is now, after a dynamic rookie season, a new face of the NFL, look for it to just stay at two games. Analysis: Howard Bender