AFC North and NFL Roundup: Week of Aug. 13-17

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 13th, 2012 at 9:51 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, Aug. 17

SteelersComfort Level Improves For Heyward In Second Season
Second-year defensive lineman Cameron Heyward is more comfortable heading into the 2012 season, especially now that he didn’t have to wait through a labor dispute this summer to get on the practice field. Expectations are higher for him heading into his second season in Dick LeBeau’s defense.  [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

BrownsImproved Weeden Leads Browns To 35-10 Win Over Packers
Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden looked much improved in his second preseason start, and he helped lead the Browns to a 35-10 victory over the Green Bay Packers. Weeden completed 12 of 20 passes for 118 yards, and led the team on four scoring drives. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

BengalsBengals Take Down Atlanta
The Cincinnati Bengals improved to 2-0 in the preseason by taking down the Atlanta Falcons 24-19 at the Georgia Dome. Second-year quarterback Andy Dalton had a strong showing, including a 50-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver A.J. Green in the second quarter. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

NFLOwens To Make Debut With Seattle
The Seattle Seahawks signed veteran wide receiver Terrell Owens this offseason, and the flashy wideout will make his debut this weekend. Head Coach Pete Carroll did not provide specifics on how many snaps Owens would play when the Seahawks will take on the Denver Broncos Saturday night. []

Thursday, Aug. 16

SteelersHarrison Has A Setback
The Steelers are preparing for the possibility that linebacker James Harrison will have to miss some of the regular season after having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Wednesday. The surgery removed an impairment that has caused swelling since the spring. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

BrownsWeeden Eager To Experience Lambeau Field
The Cleveland Browns have will face the Green Bay Packers tonight in the second preseason game of the year. It will be another opportunity for rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden to lead the Browns offense and take control of the group. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

BengalsSecondary Under Scrutiny
The Cincinnati Bengals secondary is under scrutiny with less than a month before the regular season, and the group is looking to ease some concerns during the next two preseason games. Tonight that secondary will face Matt Ryan and the Falcons, which had success last week against the Ravens. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

NFLWitten Suffers Spleen Injury
Dallas  Cowboys tight end Jason Witten could miss the rest of the preseason after suffering a spleen injury and internal bleeding following a hit in the preseason opener. Tests showed that the spleen is not ruptured and he will not need surgery. []

Tuesday, Aug. 14

SteelersHaley Bringing Screen Pass Back Into Offense
New Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley is bringing back the screen pass, a lost element of the Steelers offense in recent years. Haley’s offense is getting the running backs more engaged in the passing game, rather than the spread formations that the Steelers have used in recent years. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

BrownsCribbs Out To Show He’s More Than Special Teamer
Josh Cribbs has been fighting the notion the last few years that he’s a special teamer who also happens to play receiver. Cribbs is listed as the third wide receiver on the depth chart, but said that he is not complacent with letting his reps get depleted by other players on the roster. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

BengalsAdam Jones Getting Up To Speed
After missing time at the start of training camp with an undisclosed injury, cornerback Adam Jones is working his way back and plans to play in this week’s preseason game against Atlanta. Jones struggled at times in the preseason opener, and he is looking to earn a key role on this year’s team.  [Cincinnati Enquirer]

NFLReferee Lockout Could Last Into Season
League executives said Monday that they could foresee the 2012 regular season starting with replacement officials, according to a report from ESPN. The NFL has been using replacement officials during the preseason games, and it appears that the two sides are not close in reaching a new labor agreement.  []

Monday, Aug. 13

SteelersTaylor, Brown Fight After Practice
Wide receiver Antonio Brown and cornerback Ike Taylor have been involved in two fights during training camp practice, and one on Sunday forced the team’s general manager to get involved.  Taylor and Brown started fighting in the middle of the field after practice on Sunday, after getting physical during some previous drills.  [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

BrownsBrowns Turn Up Heat On Gordon
The Cleveland Browns have turned up the heat on rookie wide receiver Josh Gordon, who the team took the in second round of this year’s supplemental draft. Gordon is expected to start in this week’s preseason game, and Head Coach Pat Shurmur admitted that Gordon needs some prodding at times. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

BengalsDunlap Out At Least Four Weeks
Defensive end Carlos Dunlap will miss at least four weeks due to a sprained right knee. Dunlap was injured during Friday’s preseason opener when a player clips his knee. Dunlap was expected to start at defensive end this season, but now the start of his season is up in the air. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

NFLDolphins Cut WR Johnson
The Miami Dolphins released wide receiver Chad Johnson on Sunday, one day after he was arrested on domestic violence charges for allegedly head-butting his wife. Johnson was signed by the Dolphins this offseason, and was hoping to revive his career after a disappointing 2011 season with the Patriots. []

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