Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Wake-up: Big Ben says no rift with Haley
By Jamison Hensley
It is really unfair to make players suit up for a Thursday night game, only four days removed from knocking helmets on Sunday. But, for someone who isn't playing, it's fun to know there's going to be an AFC North matchup tomorrow. As always, remember to set your fantasy lineups accordingly. Time for wake-up call ...
BENGALS: Nate Clements has proven to be versatile with the ability to move back and forth from cornerback to safety. Last Sunday, he proved his toughness. He hurt his leg in the first quarter, but ended up playing 96 percent of the snaps. According to the team's official website, Clements was seen leaving Paul Brown Stadium in a walking boot and it's unclear how serious the injury is. "He's very valuable, a very tough man," coach Marvin Lewis said. "Every football game he goes out there, every chance he gets to go out there, it means a lot to him and he takes it very seriously." Clements shows his commitment through his durability. In his previous 11 seasons, he's played at least 15 games in 10 of them.
BROWNS: Rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden immediately regretted describing his performance Sunday as "good" and "solid" in the post-game press conference. He completed 62.8 percent of his passes against the Bills but he threw two interceptions in the fourth quarter. "I thought about it before I even walked out the room [on Sunday]," Weeden told The Plain Dealer. "First and foremost, the most important thing is winning the game. I didn't do enough to win the game so I didn't play well enough. I shouldn't have said I played well. I didn't play well. What I was referring to was I felt comfortable. I felt good; I just didn't do enough to win the game." Let's see how "comfortable" Weeden looks with Haloti Ngata rushing up the middle Thursday.
RAVENS: Head coach John Harbaugh won't be fined for making contact with an official in Sunday night's game against New England, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Harbaugh was penalized late in the fourth quarter for unsportsmanlike conduct. In his post-game press conference, Harbaugh acknowledged that he bumped an official, but he explained that it was done accidentally. He was trying to call for a timeout. The news wasn't as good for Washington Redskins offensive coodinator Kyle Shanahan, who was fined $25,000. Schefter also reports that Patriots coach Bill Belichick is expected to be fined for grabbing an official. At a time when the NFL is looking to protect these replacement officials as much as possible, Harbaugh should feel lucky that he didn't get disciplined.
STEELERS: Ben Roethlisberger insisted there's no problem between him and offensive coordinator Todd Haley and clarified his statement that he used some plays from his old playbook on Sunday. He said he used hand signals that were part of the old offense. “I really didn’t think it would get blown up as much as it did, and I know some people are saying that I’ve been resistant to Todd,” Roethlisberger said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “But it’s one of those things that we went to Todd, and it’s in the playbook now. It was simply a signal that I used with our receivers on two different occasions." Roethlisberger is smart enough to know that telling reporters that he pulled plays from his old playbook would generate a buzz. And Roethlisberger acknowledged that he's still close to former offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, who is now the offensive coordinator for the Colts. “We talk every week," Roethlisberger said.