UPDATES & NEWS
Update: Ray Rice is being suspended for first two games of the NFL season.
Well now that was quick. He went from possibly not being suspended to a two game chop. In the grand scheme of things, we're not looking at a lot of time. However, it does give Bernard Pierce a bigger opportunity to carve out a larger role for himself in the offense. The questions of how much work will Pierce get this season should be answered by his performance over the first two weeks of the season.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