Judging by some of the notes to the mailbag, some readers are wondering why there have been so many Baltimore Ravens posts lately. The reason is I've been covering the first three days of Ravens camp at Owings Mills, Md., which means my focus is going to be on the defending Super Bowl champions. The Ravens' Camp Confidential file will run Monday.
I'll be stopping by the Cincinnati Bengals' training camp next week, so you can expect more blogs on the Bengals at that time. Trips to see the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers are scheduled for August. Now that we have that cleared up, here's some more Ravens news as well as some notes on the other teams in the division:
RAVENS: Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach is expected to re-sign with the Ravens on Friday, a source told the Newark Star-Ledger. The Ravens released Leach last month when the sides couldn't come to terms on reducing his $3 million salary this year. But the Ravens reportedly have a standing offer of $2 million plus incentives. Leach has drawn interest from the Miami Dolphins, New York Giants and Houston Texans.
BENGALS: Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green twisted his left knee while trying to make a sideline catch during the Cincinnati Bengals' first practice of training camp on Thursday and then walked to the trainer's room for treatment, according to the Associated Press. There's a report that Green hyperextended his knee and could be sidelined for a couple of weeks. "I think he's fine," coach Marvin Lewis said. "They went inside just so they can take a look, but I think he's fine." ... Right tackle Andre Smith told The Cincinnati Enquirer that the calf injury that landed him on the Non-Football Injury list is not serious. “I’m doing well,” he said. “Hopefully, I’ll be back Sunday.” Smith said he reported to camp at 342 pounds, which is seven pounds heavier than his playing weight from last season.
STEELERS: Tight end Heath Miller, who was the Steelers' leading receiver from a year ago, likely will open training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, according to The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Miller tore knee ligaments late in the season and had surgery Jan. 2. Right tackle Mike Adams continues to "recovery quickly" after being stabbed June 1 in a carjacking incident, according to the paper. Adams won't participate in the first practice of training camp but he is still expected to be ready for the regular-season opener.
BROWNS: Jimmy Haslam told reporters that he's "very optimistic" about a favorable outcome in the federal investigation of his family-run Pilot Flying J company. “I said this on Aug. 3 (2012) we’re committed to owning the Browns for a long period of time,” Haslam said, via The Plain Dealer. “I understand in Cleveland there’s a great deal of uncertainty because of past history, but the fans should not worry. Our family is going to own this asset for a long, long time. We’re excited and we feel (it’s) a privilege to own not just an NFL team, but to own the Cleveland Browns with all the heritage and history it has.”