Wake-up: Josh Cribbs apologizes for tweet

December, 27, 2012
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In case you missed it, the Pro Bowl teams were announced last night and you can click here to read the analysis of the AFC North players who made it. Later today, all of the NFL blogs will be rolling out their season wrap-ups, which include all-division teams. For now, let's start with the wake-up call ...

RAVENS: The Baltimore Sun's Peter Schmuck believes it's "a no-brainer" that the Ravens should play their starters in Sunday's regular-season finale at Cincinnati despite already clinching the division title and not having a chance to get a first-round bye. "They need to treat Sunday's game like it's a must-win situation," Schmuck wrote. "They need to be that team — like the New York Giants last year — that gets on a roll and stays on a roll all the way through the playoffs."

BENGALS: Coach Marvin Lewis said cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick will have "a fine career." Kirkpatrick, the 17th overall pick, missed the entire preseason and the first seven games of the regular season with a knee injury. He then was placed on injured reserve this week after sitting out the past three games with a concussion and strained knee. "He’s got the mental toughness, he’s got the physical ability, he can learn," Lewis said, via The Cincinnati Enquirer. So a lot of positives we got over those five, six weeks from the bye week on that he was having an opportunity to practice and play in some games and kind of get his feet wet.”

STEELERS: Nose tackle Casey Hampton wants to play two more years and realizes it may not be with the Steelers. Hampton, who is 35, doesn't want to retire at 36 like a wide receiver did last offseason. “I’m a little different than Hines [Ward],” Hampton said, via The Beaver County Times. "I want to play, and if someone wants me to play for them, I’m going to play. That’s just the way it is.” Hampton is a free agent at the end of this season, and the Steelers have a younger and cheaper option in backup Steve McLendon.

BROWNS: Receiver-returner Josh Cribbs apologized for sending out a profane tweet after Sunday's game. He said about 10 to 15 fans had sent him negative messages because he muffed a punt in the fourth quarter. "If you hit me at the right time, you press my buttons in the right way, finagle some things, I might say some things I’m going to regret,” Cribbs said, via The Akron Beacon Journal. “And that’s all that was. The position that we’re in, you can’t do that. And I knew that when I pressed send. I just let my anger get the best of me, my frustration.”

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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