49ers DE Aldon Smith will meet with the commissioner next week and could be facing a "significant" suspension.
Between the drinking and driving and the drug and gun possession charges, the NFL needs to step up their disciplinary work and it starts right here. No better way to set an example than to suspend a high-profile player like Smith for an extended period of time. With a suspension to Ray Rice, albeit a small one, and pending suspensions to Smith and Josh Gordon, hopefully a message will be sent to the players. If not, then "indefinite bans" should be instituted.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Ryan Ludwick has been told he will not make the Rangers.
Ludwick is considering his options at the moment, which include going down to Triple-A until the big league club needs his services, or requesting a release and looking for another team that can offer him a spot on the 25-man roster. No matter what happens, though, he is not going to be fantasy relevant. Ludwick's calling card is power, but he last hit over 20 home runs in 2012 with 26 (and before that was in 2009), and the now-36 year old is only losing power potential at this point. Analysis: Ben Diamond
Brady Aiken announced Thursday that he had Tommy John surgery.
This is unfortunate for Aiken as he now probably wishes that he signed with the Astros last summer after being the number one pick in last year's draft. Instead, he suffered an arm injury last week and will now be on the shelf for the next year. He still has a high ceiling, but his overall value is definitely diminished at this point. Analysis: David Kerr