The wake-up call is a little later this morning because there was some late-night blogging about another Ravens injury. In other words, the Ravens are counting the days to next week's bye. But there are no days off on the AFC North blog during the season. It's going to be a busy one, from a morning blog about a struggling cornerback to a "Double Coverage" piece with AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky that should go up around noon. Now, let's take a look around the division:
RAVENS: Pro Bowl linebacker Terrell Suggs practiced for the first time since tearing his right Achilles tendon, but he was extremely limited Wednesday. According to The Baltimore Sun, Suggs jogged from sideline to sideline on an adjacent field and also threw the football around to teammates during the media viewing portion of practice. "He's really the biggest key. We need him right now. It's a huge thing to have him back," linebacker Paul Kruger told the paper. "He's just the type of player that can really change a game and change a season for you. He's also a leader and someone who can really change the attitude and the atmosphere." It's unlikely that Suggs will play Sunday at Houston. Coach John Harbaugh classified him as day-to-day.
BENGALS: For the first time in his brief NFL career, cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick wasn't on the injury report. And, for the first time in his career, Kirkpatrick has a shot to play in a game. "That's coach's decision, I'm just playing my role,” Kirkpatrick said, via the team's official website. “When my number is called, it will be called. I'm not going to bug coach with that. It's not my job to ask. I'm ready. Body feels good. Just waiting.” With the Bengals having a bye after Sunday's game, there's a chance that Cincinnati will decide to hold out its first-round pick to give him an extra week to rest the injured knee.
STEELERS: The Steelers rank near the top of the league in penalties per game. They're off to a disappointing 2-3 start. And rookie nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu was arrested after a late-night run-in with police over the weekend. But quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said there's not a lack of discipline under coach Mike Tomlin. “I think people are just comparing him to Coach (Bill) Cowher,” Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “Every coach is a little bit different. ... Coach Tomlin is a players’ coach. Guys enjoy playing for him. He gets after us. He just doesn’t do it in front of you guys (the media), which is good.”
BROWNS: Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan stopped by the Browns' complex with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who is a lifelong Browns fan. Ryan, though, is definitely not one. When talking to the team, it became apparent that Ryan got his quarterbacks confused, looking at Colt McCoy while talking about Brandon Weeden. "I think he saw the red (quarterback practice) jerseys and got us mixed up," Weeden said. "But he's got more important things on his mind right now than me and Colt. It was a good laugh."