NFL and AFC North Roundup

Week of October 31, 2011

Posted by BR.com on Friday, November 4th, 2011 at 9:00 am | Categories: 2011 Season Gameday, AFC North, AFC North Roundup

We’ll round up the biggest stories from AFC North enemy territory each day. We’ll also bring you any NFL national news and updates on former Ravens, if there’s something to pass along.

Friday, Nov. 4

BengalsAndy Dalton Honored Over Cam Newton
Andy Dalton was named the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Month after throwing for 909 yards and nine touchdowns in October. The play of the Bengals rookie quarterback has been one of the surprises of the 2011 season, as Dalton has led Cincinnati to a 5-2 start and a tie for first place in the AFC North. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

SteelersSteelers’ Clark Fined For Hit Against Patriots
Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark was issued a $15,000 fine for a hit out of bounds on New England’s tight end Rob Gronkowski. This season, Steelers players have been fined a combined $140,000. [Pittsburgh KDKA]

BrownsPeyton Hillis Admits Season Has Been Humbling
The Cleveland Browns running back came out of nowhere to rush for more than 1,000 yards in the 2010 campaign, which turned him into a fan favorite and earned him the cover spot on Madden 12. But his follow-up season has been a struggle, as Hillis has missed half of the Browns games. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

NFLPeyton Manning Hopes To Return This Season
The Indianapolis Colts quarterback has been sidelines this season with a neck injury, but he said yesterday that he hopes to return to practice and is still holding out hope that he will suit up for the 2011 season. [Associated Press / SI.com]

Thursday, Nov. 3

BengalsPac-Man Jones Admits Wrongdoing In Tennessee
With Cincinnati Bengals traveling to Tennessee this weekend to face the Titans, cornerback Adam “Pac-man” Jones talked about his time with the Titans organization. “Yeah, I did (mess) things up off the field. I blame myself for that.” [Cincinnati Enquirer]

SteelersSteelers’ Woodley Wins AFC Defensive Player Of The Month
Steelers outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley was recognized as the AFC’s Defensive Play of the Month after recording 7.5 sacks in October. He suffered a hamstring injury last weekend against the Patriots, and it is unclear if he will be a able to suit up Sunday against the Ravens. [Pittsburgh Post-Tribune]

BrownsNightmare Season Continues For Peyton Hillis
Earlier this week, Browns running back Peyton Hillis missed a charity event he was scheduled to attend because of a “miscommunication.” Plain Dealer columnist Bill Livingston says Hillis is losing the fans that fell in love with him. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

NFLNFL Tells Officials To Look Out For Concussions
With the increased emphasis the NFL has placed on player safety, the league has asked the officials to monitor the behavior of players to see if they are showing any signs of head trauma. The decision comes after San Diego Chargers guard Kris Dielman suffered head trauma and a subsequent seizure on Oct. 23. [ ESPN.com ]

Wednesday, Nov. 2

RavensHoushmandzadeh Reunited With Carson Palmer  
The Oakland Raiders signed wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh to a contract on Tuesday, reuniting him with his former quarterback Carson Palmer. [AP/Sports Illustrated]

BengalsBengals Special Teams Special Again
Brandon Tate’s 54-yard punt return for a touchdown was the first by a Bengal since Peter Warrick in 2003. Add in Adam Jones’ 65-yard effort in the first quarter though and it marked the first time that the Bengals have had two punt returns over 50 yards in a game. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

SteelersSteelers’ New Compensation Plan
No LaMarr Woodley. No James Farrior. No James Harrison. Problem. Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, whose bag is full of tricks and treats, may have to pull many of them out this week. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

BrownsBrowns Waive RB Robiskie To Make Room For Backup RB
Reciever Brian Robiskie was waived in the middle of his third unfulfilling season with the Browns. His place on the roster was taken by backup running back Thomas Clayton, who was signed because of injuries to Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty. [The Cleveland Plain Dealer]

NFLNdamukong Suh Says Goodell Meeting Was Productive
After meeting with the NFL commissioner in New York, Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh says he better understands how to play the game and help his team win after receiving several penalties and fines for rough play this season. [USAToday]

Tuesday, Nov. 1

RavensRaiders To Work Out Houshmandzadeh
The Oakland Raiders returned from their bye week on Monday and are planning a workout former Raven Pro Bowl receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh.[AP/Sports Illustrated]

BengalsBengals Get Two-Day Roster Exemption For Benson
The Bengals got a two-day roster exemption for running back Cedric Benson, who is coming off a suspension for violating the NFL’s conduct policy. [AP/CBS Sports]

BengalsHow Did Bengals Become Contenders?
Last year at this time the Bengals were 2-5 and in the midst of what would be a 10-game losing streak. That has changed this season. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

SteelersSteelers Offense Comes Full Circle On Cue
The Steelers now face a critical appointment against the Baltimore Ravens with all the bulging confidence inherent in their established status as an elite force within the AFC [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

SteelersPolamalu’s Slapping Ball For Safety Against Rules
Pittsburgh safety Troy Polamalu’s slapping of the ball into the end zone at the end of the Steelers’ victory over New England was against an NFL rule. [AP/Sports Illustrated]

BrownsBrowns Running Back Montario Hardesty Out For Multiple Weeks
Browns running back Montario Hardesty is out for at least two weeks with a torn calf muscle, and the Browns are expecting Peyton Hillis to return in Houston on Sunday. They’ll also try out running backs Tuesday in Berea. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

NFLNFL To Increase Security With Handheld Devices
National Football League teams will start using handheld metal detectors in November to upgrade the screening process at all 31 stadiums. [Baltimore Business Journal]

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