AFC North and NFL Roundup: Week of May 21-25

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.

Posted by Garrett Downing on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 at 9:10 am | Categories: AFC North, AFC North Roundup, Garrett Downing

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.

Wednesday, May 23

SteelersPolamalu Participates In OTAs
Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu was one of the Steelers players in attendance as the team opened OTAs this week. He typically doesn’t participate in the team’s voluntary offseason activities, but he plans to show up for all of the team’s OTAs this year. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

BrownsFujita Fighting To Restore Reputation
Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita is working to restore his image after getting suspended by the NFL for three games for his role in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal. After Browns practice yesterday he maintained he innocence, saying he never played  to injure opponents for money. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

BengalsCornerback Battle One To Watch
The Cincinnati Bengals have a position battle brewing at cornerback, as they have six former first-round cornerbacks currently on the roster. Leon Hall, Nate Clements, Dre Kirkpatrick, Adam Jones, Jason Allen and Terrence Newman are all fighting for playing time. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

NFLNFL Wins Salary Cap Fight With Redskins, Cowboys
An arbitrator has upheld the salary cap reductions that the NFL imposed on the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys for the next two seasons for dumping salary into the uncapped 2010 season. The Redskins lost $36 million over two years and the Cowboys lost $10 million. [SI.com]

Tuesday, May 22

SteelersRoethlisberger Says He’s Lost Weight
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger opened the week at a celebrity golf outing by saying that he has lost “quite a few pounds” and that he shed the weight to help keep his ankle healthy. Roethlisberger was beat up by the end of last season, as a ankle injury significantly limited his mobility. [Pittsburgh SB Nation]

BrownsHeckert Expects Weeden To Be ‘The Guy’
Browns General Manager Tom Heckert told reporters yesterday that the team expects first-round draft pick Brandon Weeden to win the quarterback competition this year. “The best guy is going to play, and we fully expect Brandon to be that guy,” Heckert said. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

BengalsGruden: No Reservations About Dalton’s Arm
Cincinnati Bengals Offensive Coordinator Jay Gruden offered a rebuttal to the comments from Greg Cosell about the arm strength of quarterback Andy Dalton. Cosell said that people in the Bengals’ organization have concerns about Dalton’s arm strength, but Gruden refuted those claims yesterday. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

NFLBucs Trade Winslow To Seahawks
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded tight end Kellen Winslow to the Seattle Seahawks Monday night for a draft pick and also signed former Colts tight end Dallas Clark to replace him. The Bucs told Winslow earlier in the day not to report for OTA’s because they intended to trade him. [SI.com]

Monday, May 21

SteelersWallace Not Expected To Attend OTA’s
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace is not expected to be one of the players in attendance when the Steelers open OTA’s this week. Wallace has not signed the first-round tender offered to him as a restricted free agent and has expressed his desire for a long-term deal. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

BrownsCan WR Benjamin Handle Adjustment To NFL?
The Cleveland Browns needed to make some upgrades in their wide receiver corps this offseason, and the one move they ended up making was drafting wide receiver Travis Benjamin in the fourth round.  At 5-foot-10, 175 pounds he is a smaller receiver, and there have been questions about whether he can translate to NFL.[ProFootballTalk.com]

BengalsMoch Reportedly Suspended
Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Dontay Moch has reportedly been suspended for four games for using a banned substance, according to NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora. The 2011 third-round pick missed all of last season after suffering a broken foot during the preseason. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

NFLSaints Owner Shakes Up Front Office
The New Orleans Saints’ front office has gone through some recent changes, as owner Tom Benson announced that his daughter Rita Benson LeBlanc will become vice chairman of the board and Dennis Lauscha will take over as the team’s president. [SI.com]

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