AFC North links: Hardesty healthy again

May, 31, 2012
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Baltimore Ravens

Second-year receiver LaQuan Williams made a great impression during organized team activities, writes Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun.

The Ravens' 2011 rookies, idle during last year's lockout, are getting their first dose of offseason coaching, writes Matt Vensel of the Sun.

The Ravens are confident they can maintain their defensive dominance without injured star Terrell Suggs, writes Don Banks of SI.com.

Cornerback Cary Williams, recovering from offseason hip surgery, is optimistic he'll get a new contract before training camp, writes Vensel.

Cincinnati Bengals

A reduction in season-ticket prices has translated into an increase in sales for the Bengals, writes Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer. The tickets, which were in rows 13 and higher in the Canopy levels of eight sections, were dropped from $60 to $40 per game.

New running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis is already making an impression, writes Geoff Hobson of the team's website.

Cleveland Browns

Defensive end Marcus Benard is happy to be playing again after surviving a terrifying motorcycle accident in October, writes Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal.

In an effort to improve his quickness, receiver Greg Little has dropped 11 pounds since January, from 230 to 219, writes Ulrich.

Safety Leroy Kelly Jr., son of former Browns Hall of Fame running back Leroy Kelly, will get a tryout with the team Monday, writes Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. If the Browns like Kelly Jr., 27, he could stick around for the minicamp June 5-7.

Running back Montario Hardesty is healthy and competing for carries, writes Matt Florjancic of the team's website.

Rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden has made good use of the rookie minicamp and organized team activities, writes Florjancic.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Tight end Heath Miller, approaching his 30th birthday, can expect to be utilized as a receiver a lot more in new coordinator Todd Haley's offense, writes Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Former quarterback Kordell Stewart officially retired as a Steeler, nearly a decade after he last played for the team, writes Dan Gigler of the Post-Gazette. He also spent two seasons with the Ravens.

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