Wake-up: Big Ben reportedly hurt rib, too

November, 14, 2012
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The injury talk usually happens after the Ravens and Steelers play. But, as you can see in the wake-up call, there are concerns before the two physical rivals meet Sunday night:

RAVENS: The team signed former Raiders cornerback Chris Johnson and placed reserve running back Bobby Rainey on injured reserve. The Baltimore Sun suggests the move indicates increasing concern over the health of starting cornerback Jimmy Smith, who suited up but didn't play a snap Sunday because of an abdomen injury. Johnson was signed following a tryout of two veteran cornerbacks, Rod Issac (Jaguars) and Terrence Johnson (Falcons). The Ravens started Corey Graham on Sunday and used Chykie Brown as the nickelback.

STEELERS: A sprained sternoclavicular (SC) joint apparently isn't Ben Roethlisberger's only injury. Sources told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback also hurt a rib when he was sacked Monday night and that injury, which was not mentioned by coach Mike Tomlin, could be a serious problem. The paper speculated that it could be a matter of weeks before Roethlisberger returns to play for the Steelers. The injury occurred on the only sack allowed by the Steelers that night. Also, Tomlin referred to the decision to waive rookie nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu as "strictly a personnel move" and hinted that he may be back.
BENGALS: Adam Jones is looking to become the third Bengals player to finish as the NFL's leading punt returner, according to the team's official website. Jones' average of 17 yards per punt trails only the 19.5 of Buffalo's Leodis McKelvin. Jones had a 68-yard punt return in Sunday's win over the Giants, and according to Elias Sports Bureau, he is the second Cincinnati player to have two punt returns of at least 68 yards in the same season. The only Bengal to do that before Jones was Craig Yeast in 1999.

BROWNS: It's Week 11 of the NFL season, and Browns defensive tackles Ahtyba Rubin and Phil Taylor may finally play their first game together this season. According to The Plain Dealer, Rubin participated in the first practice since the team returned from the bye week and is looking to play Sunday at Dallas. He's only played about a quarter over the last four games since injuring his calf on Oct. 7. "We're both dominant," Rubin said of himself and Taylor, who missed the first seven games with a torn pectoral muscle. "If I'm making a play, he's making a play and vice versa. We're just chipping away, trying to get back out there 100 percent. When we do get out there, it's gonna be something nice."

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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