Baltimore Ravens nose tackle Terrence Cody is under investigation for animal cruelty
The case deals with the death of Cody's dog, an $8,000 bull mastiff from Spain.
The case is being discussed with the Baltimore County State's Attorney's Office.
The team said Friday morning it plans to release Cody after the Super Bowl but didn't give a reason, NBC Sports reports. His one-year contract is set to expire in the spring.
The Ravens selected Cody in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played in 57 games over five season but only one in 2014 after having hip surgery in the spring.