NFL notebook: Agent denies Ravens DT Cody injured dog
The Ravens intend to cut ties with defensive tackle Terrence Cody, who’s under investigation for animal cruelty.
The Ravens made no reference to the investigation Friday when it issued a one-sentence news release that said Cody’s contract will be terminated after the Super Bowl.
A team spokesman, however, said, “We are aware there is an investigation.”
Cody, 26, is the subject of an ongoing probe launched by the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s office. No charges have been filed.
According to Cody’s agent, Peter Schaffer, Cody took his dog to a veterinarian for treatment and the pet subsequently died.
“If the dog was being treated cruelly, why take it to a vet?” Schaffer said in a telephone interview. “When the dog passed away, Terrence was in tears.”
Schaffer called the investigation “shameful.”
“It’s not even a story. It’s a joke,” Schaffer said. “If he wasn’t a professional athlete, this would never have happened.”
Schaffer said Cody paid about $8,000 for the purchase and transportation of the dog.
Cody was selected out of Alabama by the Ravens in the second round of the 2010 draft.
He missed the first 12 games of the 2014 season following hip surgery. He was activated Nov. 4 but played in only one game.
His one-year, $730,000 contract was set to expire in March. Cody will then become an unrestricted free agent.
Schaffer said the timing of his dismissal from Baltimore stems from the current climate in the NFL, which includes the suspension of Ravens running back Ray Rice.
“The Ravens have to deal with a situation in the NFL created by overreaction,” Schaffer said. “The young man’s dog died. They shouldn’t force a team to do this.”
Seahawks’ Kearse fined
Receiver Jermaine Kearse, who caught the winning touchdown pass in overtime in Seattle’s 28-22 win over the Packers, became the fourth Seahawk to be fined out of that NFC championship game.
The league penalized him the standard $5,512 for throwing the football into the stands after the score.
Raiders hire Sunseri
The Raiders hired four assistant coaches for new coach Jack Del Rio’s staff.
The team announced the hiring of offensive line coach Mike Tice, defensive backs coach Marcus Robertson, linebackers coach Sal Sunseri and quarterbacks coach Todd Downing.
Sunseri, a former Pitt player and assistant coach, ran the defense at Florida State last season.
Colts suspend RB
The Colts suspended running back Trent Richardson for two games for “personal reasons,” general manager Ryan Grigson revealed.
Richardson was inactive for the Colts’ divisional win against the Broncos. He then missed the Colts’ walkthrough before the AFC championship game against the Patriots because of what he called “a very serious family emergency.”
He missed that game due to what the Colts called “personal reasons,” but Grigson told reporters Richardson had been suspended for two games. Grigson did not elaborate on the reason or say whether Richardson would sit out the second game next season or even be on the team.
Jets coach Todd Bowles announced the hiring of Kacy Rodgers as defensive coordinator and former Steelers assistant Bobby April as special teams coordinator. … The Broncos hired Bill Kollar to be their defensive line coach, reuniting Kollar with coach Gary Kubiak.