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Friday, September 7, 2012
AFC North links: Reaction to Modell's death

By ESPN.com staff

A look back at the legacy of former Browns and Ravens owner Art Modell from the New York Times' Robert D. McFadden.

Baltimore Ravens

Ray Lewis on Modell: "I loved the man dearly."

Some good news on the injury front: Tight ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson were not listed on Thursday's injury report, reports Garrett Downing of the team's website.

Defensive end Pernell McPhee foresees a breakout season for teammate Paul Kruger, writes Matt Zenitz of the Carroll County Times.

Cincinnati Bengals

John Erardi and Joe Reedy of cincinnati.com examine the "complex" relationship Cincinnati had with Modell.

Marvin Lewis and Mike Brown react to Modell's passing, courtesy of CBSSports.com's Paul Dehner Jr.

Lewis dished on A.J. Green's emergence and changes to the Bengals offense on "Rome."

Cleveland Browns

Those who knew Modell said he was "never the same after announcing on Nov. 6, 1995, that he was moving [the Browns] to Baltimore. Although Modell embraced the Ravens and his new community, the move tore him apart," writes The Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot.

Rookie Josh Gordon said teammate Greg Little has helped him in his transition to the NFL, writes The Plain Dealer's Tom Reed. "Greg has taught me a lot, especially the attention to detail that sometimes you might miss. That stuff really helps," Gordon said.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Linebacker James Harrison did not practice on Thursday, casting doubt on whether he'll play against the Broncos Sunday, reports Chris Adamski of CBSSports.com.

The Steelers and Ravens won't be 12-win teams this season, but they're still the class of the AFC North, writes the Beaver County Times' Mike Bires.

Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau revisited last season's playoff loss to the Broncos.