Egregious “non-football acts” could be subject for ejection next season even if referees don’t call for expulsion on the field.
Troy Vincent, executive vice president of football operations, told USA Today Sports on Monday that the league’s competition committee will propose a rule allowing the league office in New York to eject players after instant replay.
“We are looking to address what’s obvious to coaches, players and fans,” Vincent said.
The rule, which will need 24 votes of support from owners to pass next week in Orlando, could also be used to identify players who spark fights.
Pirates: RHP Gerrit Cole (11-8, 3.99 ERA) goes for back-to-back wins over Cincinnati as the Pirates open a three-game series against RHP Luis Castillo (2-7, 3.26) and the Reds on Friday. Cole threw seven innings and homered to lead Pittsburgh to a 1-0 win at Cincinnati last week, after going 0-6 in his first nine career starts against the Reds.
Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks (5-4, 3.45 ERA) goes to the mound as Chicago opens a four-game series against Atlanta. LHP Sean Newcomb (2-7, 4.36) starts for the Braves.
The safety expressed that he wished to retire last September, but after talking with management, he was placed on the reserve/left squad, meaning he would have to sit out the season, per ESPN.
Cravens suffered a concussion in Week 4 of the 2016 season, which caused him to miss two games, and then missed the final three games of the season with an elbow injury.
The 2016 second-round pick did have a strong rookie season compiling 34 tackles, one sack and five passes defended.
Orioles: DH Mark Trumbo (quad strain) is expected to start for Double-A Bowie on Tuesday and Wednesday. … RHP Alex Cobb could make his season debut Saturday in Boston, Showalter said. Cobb missed most of spring training before signing as a free agent in late March.