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AFC North and NFL Roundup: Week of Aug. 20-24

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 20th, 2012 at 9:38 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.

Tuesday, Aug. 21

SteelersClark Takes Quieter Tone
Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark has been one of the team’s more outspoken players in recent years, but this year he’s making an effort to take a lower profile. He has been turning down interview requests and staying quiet throughout training camp. [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]

BrownsWR Mitchell Takking Positive Approach
 Cleveland Browns third-year wide receiver Carlton Mitchell has struggled to stay on the field during his first  two years in the NFL, and now another injury has held him out of action this training camp. The big wideout is vying for a roster spot, and is trying to keep an upbeat approach despite the nagging injuries. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

BengalsLewis Keeps Twitter Ban
Cincinnati Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis banned his players from tweeting at the start of training camp, and he’s keeping the rule in effect now that open camp practices have concluded. “Lets focus on football and it’s been a good focus,” Lewis said. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

NFLVick Injured Vs. Patriots
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick left Monday’s night’s preseason game against New England after taking a big hit in the first quarter. He suffered a rib injury, but the X-rays turned up negative. The expectation is that Vick will be able to play in the regular season opener. [SI.com]

Monday, Aug. 20

SteelersSteelers Top Colts 26-24
The Steelers have gone through an offensive transformation with the arrival of new coordinator Todd Haley, and the new-look offense showed bright spots in the Sunday night victory over Indianapolis. “We’re not playing as good as we could or should but we’re making progress,” quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

BrownsMcCoy Says He’s Committed To Cleveland
Browns quarterback Colt McCoy has been involved in a number of trade rumors since the team drafted Brandon Weeden in the first round of this year’s draft. Despite the speculation, McCoy said in a recent interview that he is committed to Cleveland and that there’s no place he’d rather be. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

BengalsKirkpatrick Takes Part In Practice
After missing all of training camp, Bengals first-round pick Dre Kirkpatrick took part in his first practice since June minicamp. The cornerback suffered a knee injury during an early-July workout away from the team’s facility. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

NFLGiants Hazing Video Goes Viral
Video of New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul dumping second-year cornerback Prince Amukamara in a cold tub went viral over the weekend after punter Steve Weatherford posted it on his Twitter account. Weatherford later apologized on Twitter, saying that he should not have  posted the video. [SI.com]

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