Former Seahawk Jeremy Lane takes plea deal in DUI case

Jeremy Lane has agreed to a plea deal in his DUI case, TMZ Sports reported Tuesday.

The free-agent cornerback has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving after he was initially charged with driving under the influence earlier in March.

The charge stems from a Jan. 14 incident in which Lane was pulled over for driving 80 mph in a 60 mph zone. Lane admitted to police he had smoked marijuana earlier, but said he was not drunk.

Even though the NFC is loaded with potential and talent, that doesn’t mean familiar teams will be reaching the title game. The NFC actually has been a model of parity.

The Lions are the only NFC team that has not appeared in a Super Bowl, and the Seahawks are the only such team to make back-to-back appearances in the big game since the Packers did it after the 1996 and ’97 seasons. Since 1999, the NFC has seen 12 different teams make Super Bowl appearances. The AFC in that span has seen just six different teams reach the Super Bowl, and two of those were led by one QB in Peyton Manning.

The idea that the NFC outweighs the AFC in competitive nature and quality teams has been building for a few years. In both 2016 and ’17 there were just four teams in the NFC with fewer than seven wins. Last year alone saw three 9-7 squads fail to make the playoffs — thanks in part to the NFC South fielding three teams with double-digits wins.

“It locked up worse than it has in the past,” Rizzo said Sunday. “(Getting) treatment every day. It feels better. Don’t want to re-aggravate it.”

Rizzo has experienced this sort of ailment in the past but it’s never been serious. Temperatures in the 30’s on Monday are ripe for aggravating an injury, so the Cubs are playing it safe. The team is off Tuesday, giving Rizzo another day to heal up.

“Every time it’s a little different but generally it’s the same thing,” Rizzo said. “This is something that just grabbed. It’s usually upper (back); this is lower.”

Manager Joe Maddon indicated he wants Rizzo to back off game-day workouts, saying players take too many swings and ground balls throughout the season. Rizzo is off to a slow start, with just three hits in 28 at-bats.

The Cubs host the Pittsburgh Pirates in their home opener on Monday.