AFC North and NFL Roundup: Week Of June 11-15

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 on Thursday, June 14th, 2012 at 9:05 am | Categories: 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, June 15

SteelersHampton Mentors Likely Replacements
Steelers nose tackle Casey Hampton has earned the nickname around the team’s facility of “Coach Hamp.” The veteran is returning from a torn ACL and a big part of his role throughout this offseason has been to get the young players ready to step in and perform on the defense. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

BrownsBrowns Could Reconcile With RB Jim Brown
The Cleveland Browns appear like they might move toward reconciling with their Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown, who has been at odds with the organization since President Mike Holmgren took over in 2010. At that time, Holmgren reduced Brown’s role, which Brown took as a sign of disrespect. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

BengalsNo Contract Talks For Lewis
Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis is heading into this season in the final year of his contract and the prospects of entering talks for an extension is likely. At this point, however, Lewis and Bengals President Mike Brown have not started talking about any sort of long-term deal. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

NFLKolb Booed At Team’s Fan Fest Event
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb arrived in Arizona with a big contract and plenty of fanfare, but he has struggled to live up to expectations and fans appear frustrated with him. Kolb was booed at the team’s Fan Fest event yesterday, after going 3-6 in nine starts last season. []

Thursday, June 14

SteelersRooney On Wallace: He Should Be Here
Steelers President Art Rooney II spoke with reporters yesterday and had a message for wide receiver Mike Wallace: “He should be here.” Wallace is holding out of the mandatory minicamp because he wants a long-term deal, but Rooney believes he should still be participating in the workouts. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

BrownsHodges Ready To Return Strong
Cleveland Browns punter Reggie Hodges is healthy again after last year’s torn Achilles tendon that placed him on injured reserve before the season even started. He says that he’s completely healed and is trying to re-claim the starting punter job. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

BengalsLB Moch Suspended Four Games
Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Dontay Moch will be suspended four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances. Moch was a third-round pick in 2011, but did not play in any games because of a series of different injuries. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

NFLJudge Dismisses Players’ Image Suit Against NFL
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by three retired football players that accused the NFL on constraining the use of former players’ images and likenesses. []

Wednesday, June 13

SteelersRoethlisberger Eager To Be A Father
Ben Roethlisberger and his wife announced last weekend that they are expecting their first child and Roethlisberger told reporters yesterday that he’s eager to be a dad. “We’re really excited. We can’t wait for that day to come.” [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

BrownsWallace Doesn’t Want To Be No. 3 QB
 Backup quarterback Seneca Wallace told reporters yesterday that he and Colt McCoy will “probably not” both be on the roster, and that he doesn’t want to be the No. 3 quarterback. Wallace served as McCoy’s backup last year, but with Brandon Weeden likely the start, he doesn’t want to slide further down the depth chart. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

BengalsHall Expects To Return By July 27
Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Leon Hall spoke with reporters for the first time since March, and he said that he expects to be practicing when the team opens training camp on July 27. Hall tore his Achilles tendon on Nov. 11 and ended the season on injured reserve, and now he’s working through the recovery. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

NFLJones-Drew Holds Out Of Minicamp
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is disgruntled about his current contract and wants a new deal. Jones-Drew skipped the opening day of mandatory minicamp yesterday and has voiced his concerns over his current contract. []

Tuesday, June 12

SteelersDeCastro, Adams Ready For Minicamp
The Steelers top two draft picks, offensive lineman David DeCastro and Mike Adams, are excited to report to the team’s minicamp after spending the last few weeks back at school finishing up classes. They weren’t able to participate in any of the OTAs because league rules required they wait until the school year ended. []

BrownsWeeden Vows To Sign Rookie Contract Before Training Camp
Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden has yet to sign his rookie contract, but he reiterated yesterday that he will do so before the Browns begin training camp in late July. Weeden and fellow first-round pick Trent Richardson are the team’s two draft picks that still have to sign their rookie deals. [Akron Beacon Journal]

BengalsBengals Begin Minicamp
Just like the Ravens, the Bengals will open a three-day minicamp today, giving the coaches another chance to assess their team before training camp opens in late July. One of the items to watch for the Bengals will be the battle for a starting cornerback spot, which is expected to be a tight competition. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

NFLOchocinco Signs One-Year Deal With Miami
Chad Ochocinco didn’t take long to find work after getting cut by the Patriots last week. He signed a one-year deal with his hometown Miami Dolphins yesterday. The six-time Pro Bowler is coming off the most disappointing season of his career, but goes to a Miami team in need of help at the position. []

Monday, June 11

SteelersRoethlisberger Expecting First Child
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his wife, Ashley, announced over the weekend that they are expected their first child, a boy. Roethlisberger said that the baby is expected later this year, but he did not release an exact due date. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

BrownsTough Workouts Helped WR Little
Browns receiver Greg Little is entering his second year in the NFL and is now two years removed from a suspension that cost him an entire college season. During that time, Little said that he started training with an MMA fighter, and those challenging workouts helped him get through the suspension and prepare for the NFL.  [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

BengalsGreen-Ellis’ Chinstrap Headed To Hall of Fame
Running Back BenJarvus Green-Ellis’ helmet from Super Bowl XLVI is headed to the Pro Football hall of Fame because the chinstrap that he wore during the game was fitted with the Impact Indicator, a device that helps identify potential concussions. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

NFLBanks Accepts Seattle’s Tryout Offer
Former college prospect Brian Banks has been given a chance to keep his NFL dreams alive. The former star spent the last five years in prison after a being falsely accused of raping a girl on his high school campus. The judge threw out the conviction last month and he’s now trying to get into the NFL. []

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