AFC North injury update
September, 30, 2009
By James Walker | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com’s James Walker
Here are the key injuries in the AFC North:
Cincinnati Bengals: Rookie tackle Andre Smith (foot) is sidelined indefinitely. So there is no surprise that he’s listed "out" once again this week. Key players who didn’t practice Wednesday were tailback Cedric Benson (knee), linebacker Rey Maualuga (knee), cornerback Johnathan Joseph (foot) and defensive tackle Tank Johnson (foot).
Cleveland Browns: Starting defensive end Kenyon Coleman (groin), guard Floyd Womack (ankle) and tailback Jamal Lewis (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday. Lewis is probably the biggest concern because he didn’t play last week, and he will be needed against the Bengals. Kicker Phil Dawson (calf) also didn’t practice. Offensive guard Rex Hadnot (knee) had limited participation, which is good progress after missing the first three games of the regular season.
Baltimore Ravens: Defensive end Trevor Pryce and quarterback Troy Smith both were ill and didn’t practice Wednesday. Receiver Kelley Washington (groin), tight end Todd Heap (back) and linebackers Ray Lewis (head), Jarret Johnson (shoulder) and Tavares Gooden (shoulder, head) all practiced but were limited.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Starting center Justin Hartwig (ankle), tailback Willie Parker (toe), safety Troy Polamalu (knee) and receiver Hines Ward (not injury related) did not practice. Polamalu is making good progress and began running for the first time Wednesday. He hasn’t been ruled out for Sunday’s game, but Polamalu is more likely to be ready within the next week or two. Parker said his turf toe is painful, but he’s going to see where he stands as the week progresses.