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Ravens to cut ties to defensive tackle Terrence Cody

Ravens to cut ties to defensive tackle Terrence Cody, who's under investigation for animal cruelty

The Baltimore 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 the team 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."

The 26-year-old Cody 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.

Steelers' security chief faces scrutiny

Allegheny County Sheriff William Mullen dismissed an ESPN report that suggested Jack Kearney, head of security for the Pittsburgh Steelers, has used his influence to assist players when they run afoul of the law. The report, published Thursday, suggested Kearney — who is a sheriff's lieutenant in charge of the fugitive squad — helped tackle Mike Adams put together a story for authorities following a late-night incident in a popular bar area in 2013 that left Adams with multiple stab wounds. Mullen called the accusations "just not true," saying Kearney has been a "model employee."

Union grievance

The NFL players union has filed a grievance against the league over changes to its personal conduct policy. League officials said Friday they want players and others in the NFL to be held to stricter standards. The NFL said in a statement: "Clearly, the union does not share that belief." Officials for the NFL Players Assn. did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Etc.

New York Jets Coach Todd Bowles hired Kacy Rodgers as defensive coordinator and Bobby April Jr. as special teams coordinator Friday. Chan Gailey was tabbed as the Jets' offensive coordinator earlier this week. . . . The Oakland Raiders announced four additions to new Coach Jack Del Rio's staff: Offensive line coach Mike Tice, defensive backs coach Marcus Robertson, linebackers coach Sal Sunseri and quarterbacks coach Todd Downing. . . . The Steelers signed punter Brad Wing to a one-year contract extension.

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