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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Wake-up: Haslam closer to owning Browns

By Jamison Hensley

Stop me if you've heard this already, but there's a middle linebacker who is out for the season. Don't worry, I don't think he's going to retire anytime soon. Since he is one of the best players to ever suit up in the NFL, there might be a few blogs about him this morning. I know, multiple blogs about the hottest topic in this division and, quite frankly, the entire league. So bear with me. We'll turn our attention to the rest of the division in the afternoon. Let's start off the morning by hitting some headlines for the rest of the division teams in something I call the wake-up call:

RAVENS: It's unknown whether linebacker linebacker Terrell Suggs will begin practicing this week. This is the first week he's eligible to do so under the Physically Unable to Perform list (PUP) rules. “We haven’t decided that yet,” coach John Harbaugh said. “So, we’ll make that decision, obviously, by Wednesday, and we’ll just have to see where we’re at then and see how he is doing.” According to the team's official website, Harbaugh left the door open for Suggs to possibly make a return in time to play Houston on Sunday because he “looks pretty good right now." When Suggs gets back, I'm not sure if he'll recognize all the new starters lining up next to him.

BENGALS: Backup running back Brian Leonard aggravated a rib injury Sunday, but said the X-rays were negative. “It’s a pretty good one,” Leonard told The Cincinnati Enquirer. “I’m just going to take it day by day and see what happens. It stinks … Hopefully I get back as soon as possible, do my role and help this team out.” With Bernard Scott out for the season, the Bengals are down to two healthy running backs: BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Cedric Peerman. On Sunday, Peerman led the Bengals with eight receptions, and gained seven yards on his only carry.

STEELERS: Left tackle Max Starks isn't happy with the Steelers' offense ranking 17th in the NFL in scoring (23.2 points per game). The Steelers scored 23 against a Tennessee team that had allowed an average of 36.2 points per game. "I think, for us, it's time to realize as an offense the potential we do have," Starks told The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "We can talk about it, you guys can speculate about it, we can break it down individually, but, for us, we just need to come together as one cohesive unit and realize our true potential. We can score a lot of points if we're all on the same page and we do our job." Time to fire offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. Wait, he's with the Colts now.

BROWNS: Steelers owner Art Rooney II expects Jimmy Haslam to get unanimously approved to be the Browns' owner on Tuesday. The only issue might be the fact that Haslam, who is a minority owner in the Steelers, will hold dual ownership in two teams for a few months. Haslam is trying to sell his Steelers stock to existing owners. "There will be [overlap] but we've sort of worked it out with the finance committee and the commissioner [Roger Goodell], where Jimmy won't have access to Steelers information during this time," Rooney told The Plain Dealer. "It won't be a problem, but will it take a few months." In what might be a telling sign, team president Mike Holmgren decided not to attend the owners' meetings after previously planning to do so.