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AFC North and NFL Roundup: Week of Aug. 6-10

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 Monday, August 6th, 2012 at 10:10 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.

Thursday, Aug. 9

SteelersRookie Linemen To Start Preseason Opener
The future is now for the Pittsburgh Steelers on the offensive line, as they plan to start two rookie linemen during the preseason opener against Philadelphia. First-round pick David DeCastro will start at guard and second-round pick Mike Adams will start at tackle. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

BrownsBrowns Get Bad News With Richardson, Haden
The Cleveland Browns got some bad news before their first preseason game, as rookie running back Trent Richardson will need to have a minor knee surgery and cornerback Joe Haden is reportedly facing a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

BengalsBurfict Off To Solid Start
Undrafted free agent linebacker Vontaze Burfict is off to a solid start during training camp, and he is expected to see a number of reps in the Bengals’ preseason opener on Friday. The Arizona State product was once considered a first-round pick, but ended up sliding all the way out of the draft. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

NFLGoodell:  More Fefmale Officials Possible
The NFL will have its first female official on the field this Thursday’s preseason game between Green Bay and San Diego. Shannon Eastin is part of the replacement officiating crew, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that he could see the NFL using more female officials in the future.  [SI.com]

Wednesday, Aug. 8

SteelersDealing Wallace Not In The Plans
The Pittsburgh Steelers have no plans to trade wide receiver Mike Wallace, despite his holdout from training camp. Wallace wants a long-term contract before this season, rather than playing on a one-year tender worth $2.7 million. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

BrownsRichardson Misses Practice, Has MRI
Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson sat out Tuesday’s practice with a sore left knee and had an MRI to assess the injury. His status for Friday’s preseason opener in Detroit is up in the air, but Head Coach Pat Shurmur did not provide specifics about how serious it might be. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

BengalsDunlap Starts Strong
Defensive lineman Carlos Dunlap is looking to regain his form from his rookie season, where he notched 9.5 sacks. Dunlap struggled through injuries last season and had a disappointing year, but he is off to a good start training camp and is currently listed as a starter on the depth chart.  [Cincinnati Enquirer]

NFLFootball Community Mourns Reid’s Death
More than 900 people packed the church for the funeral service of Garrett Reid, son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid. John Harbaugh and Ozzie Newsome were two of those in attendance, in addition to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Cleveland Browns President Mike Holmgren. [SI.com]

Tuesday, Aug. 7

SteelersDeCastro Struggling Physically
Pittsburgh’s first-round pick David DeCastro has reportedly been struggling with the physical rigors of training camp. DeCastro has failed to win a starting job on the offensive line, despite being projected as one of the best guard prospects in years. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

BrownsWeeden Officially Named Starting QB
Cleveland Browns Head Coach Pat Shurmur officially named rookie Brandon Weeden the starting quarterback yesterday, which perturbed last-year’s backup Colt McCoy, who said he was never given a fair shot at winning the job. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

BengalsBengals Release First Depth Chart
The Cincinnati Bengals released their first depth chart yesterday, and there weren’t many surprises in the release. Fourth-year wide receiver Brandon Tate is listed as the No. 2 wide  receiver  opposite A.J. Green, while some expected that Armon Binns would get that job. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

NFLOwens Reaches Deal With Seahawks
Terrell Owens is coming back to the NFL. The 38-year-old wide receiver signed a one-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, hours after a tryout with the team. He hasn’t played in the NFL since the 2010 season, where he caught 72 passes for 983 yards and nine touchdowns. [SI.com]

Monday, Aug. 6

SteelersWallace’s Absence Strains Depth
The absence of wide receiver Mike Wallace has cut into the depth of the Steelers receiving corps during training camp. Wallace’s holdout has no end in sight, but the Steelers have not replaced his spot on the roster because they are hoping  Wallace will report and they can work out a deal before the season starts. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

BrownsHaden Certain He Can Increase Interceptions
Cornerback Joe Haden has become of the Cleveland Browns top defenders and an emerging defensive back in the NFL. While he’s developing a reputation as a talented cover corner, Haden didn’t come up with an interception in 2011, and he’s looking to change that this season.  [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

BengalsBengals Hold Mock Scrimmage
The Cincinnati Bengals held an intrasquad scrimmage over the weekend at Paul Brown Stadium. Quarterback Andy Dalton led his team to a 14-6 victory, as he was 14-of-16 with 190 yards and two touchdowns. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

NFLReid’s Oldest Son Found Dead In Dorm Room
Garrett Reid, the oldest son of Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid, was found dead in a dorm room at the team’s training camp on Sunday. Garrett Reid was 29 years old. His surprising death was not suspicious, according to police, and the cause of the death is under investigation. [SI.com]

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