Pre-game notes: Steelers to rotate LBs

October, 7, 2012
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Here are some happenings over the weekend for each AFC North team:

RAVENS: Baltimore is preparing for Kansas City's press coverage with cornerbacks Brandon Flowers and Stanford Routt. "They had a little bit of a switch from last year," offensive coordinator Cam Cameron told The Baltimore Sun. "It will be interesting to see. I am sure they’ll have some things they’ll change coming into this game. They made a complete switch in their secondary approach."

BENGALS: Miami defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle who spent the past 11 seasons as the Bengals’ secondary coach, isn't surprised by the development of Andrew Hawkins. "But it does scare me because I have to go up against it this week,” Coyle told The Cincinnati Enquirer. “I knew early on that he was going to be a special player. He is a great hard worker, has talent and also has heart and is tough.” Hawkins is third on the team in receptions (15) and second in receiving yards with 247.

STEELERS: Pittsburgh will rotate outside linebackers James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley to avoid any fatigue in the fourth quarter, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazettereports. Harrison and Woodley will be spelled by Chris Carter and Jason Worilds, respectively, as they look to chase down the elusive Michael Vick. "I have to come off," Harrison said. "It's no need being out there, being dog-tired, and not be able to do what's necessary to play the position. You want to stay fresh. You don't want to go out there and play every snap in the first half and come out sluggish in the third and have nothing left in the fourth."

BROWNS: Browns wide receivers Mohamed Massaquoi and Travis Benjamin were ruled out with hamstring injuries by the team after being listed as doubtful on Friday. Greg Little and rookie Josh Gordon will start, according to The Plain Dealer. "I plan to take full advantage of it," Gordon said said.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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