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Saturday, July 28, 2012
Saturday links: Bengals ban Twitter

By Jamison Hensley

Here's what is happening around the division:

BENGALS

Head coach Marvin Lewis has banned his players from using Twitter after consulting with some of the team's veterans. The Twitter ban will last at least through training camp. “I think people have to have the maturity and wherewithal to be able to handle it,” Lewis said.

The Bengals placed cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (leg) on the Non-Football Injury list and linebacker Brandon Joiner, who is in a Texas jail on robbery charges, on the reserve/did not report list. There were four players placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list: cornerback Nate Clements (abdomen), wide receiver Jordan Shipley (knee), kicker Mike Nugent (undisclosed) and defensive tackle Pat Sims (ankle).

BROWNS

The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Terry Pluto says potential new Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and his family know how to get things done. They own 550 Pilot and Flying-J truck stops and convenience stores across the country. In 2011, Forbes magazine rated Pilot Flying J as the 11th-largest privately held United States company with $18 billion in revenue and 19,000 employees.

Defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin and tight end Evan Moore were the notable players who didn't practice Friday. “There are going to be a couple of days before they are back out there,” said coach Pat Shurmur, who declined to divulge the nature of the injuries that sidelined them.

RAVENS

Offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie is being fined by the Ravens for missing training camp, according to the Carroll County (Md.) Times. Under the terms of the NFL collective bargaining agreement, McKinnie is being fined $30,000 per day (he's missed two practices). Coach John Harbaugh said he has yet to speak to McKinnie because it was a chiropractor who notified the team of McKinnie's absence.

Second-round rookie Kelechi Osemele (back) was activated off the PUP list and worked with the first-team offense at right tackle. "This was a good day to get him back,” Harbaugh said. "We were not going to put him in full force. We wanted to ease him in, just to make sure the back didn’t cramp up on him. It looks like he got through pretty well.”

STEELERS

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is reporting that wide receiver Mike Wallace turned down a five-year deal in the range of $50 million from the Steelers. Wide receiver Antonio Brown agreed to a five-year, $42 million extension Friday.

Steelers tight end Weslye Saunders told the Tribune-Review that he doesn’t know whether his four-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs will be reduced. He said he was using Adderall, a prescription drug used to treat hyperactivity. “I’m still waiting to hear back,” Saunders said. “Obviously, some guys around the league already had their suspensions lifted or reduced. I’m still hoping.”