Mike Holmgren is leaving the Browns. David DeCastro is back on the Steelers' active roster. And there's a chance that Ray Lewis could return to practice Thursday. Just another quiet start to the week in the AFC North. Read all about it in your wake-up call ...
RAVENS: Many believed Ray Lewis' season was over when he tore his triceps, but coach John Harbaugh now thinks Lewis will play in the regular season. "That's a best guess," Harbaugh said, via The Baltimore Sun. "He's working hard to do that. We'll see." Harbaugh wouldn't say whether Lewis would practice this week, but the former two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year can return to the practice field as early as Thursday. Lewis, who tore his triceps on Oct. 14, would be eligible to play in the Dec. 16 game against Denver. "[J]ust talking to Ray, it sounds like things have gone well," Harbaugh said. "There have been no setbacks. So there's a possibility."
STEELERS: Rookie first-round pick David DeCastro could make his NFL debut Sunday at Baltimore after being activated off injured reserve-designated to return list, according to The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. DeCastro, who injured his knee in the third preseason game, began practicing last week. The Steelers placed Marcus Gilbert, who started five games at right tackle this season, on injured reserve. He hadn't played since he injured his ankle on Oct. 11 in Tennessee. With Mike Adams (ankle) injured, DeCastro might start at right guard and Ramon Foster would shift to right tackle.
BENGALS: Coach Marvin Lewis doesn't expect the NFL to suspend Andrew Whitworth after the Bengals left tackle was involved in a fight that led to his ejection Sunday against the Raiders, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer. Whitworth confronted Lamarr Houston after the Oakland defensive end threw Andy Dalton to the ground after the play had been blown dead due to a false start penalty. Lewis disagreed with the notion that Whitworth reacted as an offensive lineman should in that situation. “He did something we can’t have happen,” Lewis said. “We can’t have that. No way around it.” Whitworth is expected to get fined.
BROWNS: Announcing he will depart the organization Friday, Mike Holmgren said he didn't feel the need to finish out the season as outgoing president after having "passed the baton" to Joe Banner. He has been linked to the Cowboys head-coaching job should Jason Garrett get fired in Dallas. Holmgren, who last coached for Seattle in 2008, insists he isn't close to making a decision on a return to coaching. "As of right now, I really haven't given it much thought other than the fact there are no plans right now," he said. Banner confirmed there's nothing in Holmgren's settlement with the Browns that stops him from taking a coaching job elsewhere.