- Three sources have told Jason Cole of B/R that they would be “shocked” if Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell doesn’t miss games, due to his missed drugs tests.
- Cole’s sources admitted that Bell could possible get a reduced suspension of three games instead of the four-game ban handed down by the NFL.
Former 49ers seventh-round pick DT Kaleb Ramsey announced Thursday that he has retired from the NFL.
“I want to thank Jed York, the York family, Trent Baalke and all the coaches and staff I have had the pleasure of working with over the last two years,” Ramsey said in a statement. “The 49ers took a chance on drafting me and made my NFL dreams come true. Unfortunately, my career has been cut short, as I have made the decision to step away from the game to concentrate on other priorities in my life. During my time in the Bay Area, I have seen how special the 49ers organization and its fans truly are, and that is something I will take with me as I move on.”
Packers starting G T.J. Lang admitted that being in the final year of his contract has led to an increased level of urgency to get back in the field after the team placed him on the active/PUP list on Monday.
“I think that plays a part,” Lang said, via PackersNews.com. “I think with the contract coming up, I want to be on that field every chance I can. I don’t think it matters how long you’ve been doing this for, how old you are. I think everybody feels they still have to prove themselves, and that’s something that people would like to have that chance to do. So, yeah, I think that definitely plays a role.”
- Ian Rapoport reports that Ravens fourth-round RB Kenneth Dixon has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 MCL sprain.
- Rapoport adds that he expects Baltimore to proceed cautiously with Dixon, even though it’s considered a minor injury.