Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Wake-up: Ed Reed not happy about fine
By Jamison Hensley
Just a reminder that the AFC North weekly chat will still be at 2 p.m. today. That's all I got. It's the day before Thanksgiving. In other words, it's the last day in November that you won't be eating turkey. Here's the wake-up call ...
RAVENS: You would think Ravens safety Ed Reed would be happy that his one-game suspension was reduced to a $50,000 fine. But Reed isn't. "It is a contact sport and a brutal one, a violent one at that, the No. 1 violent sport, sad to say," Reed told The Baltimore Sun. "I know concussions has been a big thing. I've had concussions before and I know guys are going to have concussions. If you want to stop it, stop the game. Like people say, it's starting to be a flag football thing. I have a flag football tournament. We can make this a big thing is we want to everybody can come get in my league." Reed then added, "I'm not happy with the $50 grand, but what can you do?"
STEELERS: Safety Ryan Clark defended his decision to visit the Ravens locker room after Sunday's game and talk with Baltimore safety Ed Reed. They are childhood friends who grew up in Louisiana. Clark received some flak from fans on Twitter for chatting with the enemy. One fan suggested that the reason why the Steelers have lost three in a row to the Ravens was "too much buddy-buddy anymore." Clark responded on Twitter: “Love people being upset with what I do after games. I’m more concerned with what I do between the lines!”
BENGALS: Cincinnati ran the ball 38 times Sunday at Kansas City, the most runs in a single game in Jay Gruden's two seasons as offensive coordinator. The Bengals ran the ball so much because it's what the Chiefs defense was giving them and it's what Cincinnati wanted to emphasize. "It’s important for our guys to get dirty," Gruden said, via the team's official website. "Guys like [right guard Kevin] Zeitler, who comes from Wisconsin. He likes that stuff. And Trevor [Robinson, center] from Notre Dame. Of course, the rest of the guys followed suit, and we ran the ball well. I think we ran the ball 38 times, and of that 38 I don’t think we had any negative plays, which is also a very key element in continuing to run the ball."
BROWNS: Vice president Bryan Wiedmeier is battling Grade 4 brain cancer, which was diagnosed about three weeks ago. After having surgery to remove a tumor from the parietal lobe in the back of his head, he is going through six weeks of a daily chemotherapy pill and undergoing radiation treatment to fight this aggressive type of cancer. “This thing has happened. It’s tough news, but if we can create a positive out of a negative, that’s what we want to do," Wiedmeier told Fox Sports Ohio. "I don’t want a mystery about what it is, or a pity party. There’s an opportunity here, no matter what happens, to make this circumstance into a positive. That’s the good that’s going to come out of it.”