Wake-up: Steelers lead NFL in penalties

October, 9, 2012
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Tuesday is typically the players' day off. That is, unless you're playing on Thursday night like the Steelers. The AFC North blog will be hard at work today handing out game balls, posting power rankings and giving out grades to the quarterbacks. First up is your wake-up call ...

RAVENS: Head coach John Harbaugh hasn't been very enlightening when it comes to updating Terrell Suggs' timetable. At least he's been consistent. After ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that the most realistic return for Suggs is early November, Harbaugh had nothing new to offer reporters Monday on that subject. "None of us know," Harbaugh said, via The Baltimore Sun. He's really worked hard, he's done a great job. The reality of it is the guy has done a great job of preparing himself. The six-week window ends before the Houston game, right? Could it be that game? We have the bye week, then two weeks after that or three weeks after that. His progress from between now and then is going to determine that. We don't know that yet."

BENGALS: It doesn't sound like the Bengals are going to sign a running back after backup Bernard Scott was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury. That means Brian Leonard and Cedric Peerman, who have a total of 637 rushing yards, will spell BenJarvus Green-Ellis. “We’ll do it with the guys that we’ve got until we find someone else. If we don’t like what we’re doing, we’ll find somebody else. But we are where we are right now,” head coach Marvin Lewis said, via the Bengals' official website. "We’ve got the guys we have now -- 53 players -- and they’re good enough for us to get done what we need to get done." Pass-rusher Dontay Moch took Scott's roster spot after serving a four-game suspension.

STEELERS: The Steelers lead the NFL with 9.2 penalties per game. Head coach Mike Tomlin is upset with the amount of penalties, not the officials. Well, not publicly anyway. “I’m not disputing these penalties in here with you (media),” Tomlin said, via the Beaver County Times. “I’ll do it in the proper manner with the people at the league office if I have a beef. I’m not going to do it in here. That’s unprofessional as far as I’m concerned. Those [officials] are doing the best they can, particularly in light of some of the instances that we have in today’s NFL regarding player safety. Just know that we’re trying our very best to play within the rules and it’s disappointing for us when we don’t. We have a desire to play within the rules. We also have a desire to increase our chances of winning, but when you’re picking up 30 yards in penalties in one drive, that’s going to give people an opportunity to score.” As the paper pointed out, the Steelers have more penalty yards than rushing yards (346-331).

BROWNS: Head coach Pat Shurmur is still standing by his decision to throw on third-and-one from the Giants' 25-yard line with the Browns leading by a touchdown late in the second quarter. Brandon Weeden was intercepted, a turnover that led to a 17-point outburst by New York to end the first half. "I want us to execute the play we call better, and then we're always looking at better ways to do things," Shurmur said via The Plain Dealer. "I'll let you guys second-guess it and we'll work on getting everything better." Wonder if Trent Richardson, who wasn't even on the field for that play, is among those who are second-guessing that play call.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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