Friday, June 22, 2012
AFC North afternoon notes
By Jamison Hensley
Here's a few links from around the division as you count the hours, or minutes, until your weekend begins:
Smoking will now be allowed at Paul Brown Stadium during Bengals games. Bob Bedinghaus, director of business development, said the new smoking policy seemed "worth a shot" after getting feedback from fans.
The Browns will open training camp on July 28 at their own practice facility. Fans will get an opportunity to attend 16 practices, including a Family Night practice at Cleveland Browns Stadium on Aug. 8 at 7 p.m.
Wide receiver Tandon Doss, a fourth-round pick from a year ago, is moving faster on the field because he's showing less hesitation. He is competing against Jacoby Jones, David Reed and LaQuan Williams for the No. 3 wide receiver spot.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is off on a 10-day golfing trip to Ireland and Scotland. The trip was a gift from his wife, Ashley, for his 30th birthday. His first stop is a breakfast at the Dublin home of Steelers owner Dan Rooney, the U.S. Ambassador to Ireland.