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Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Wake-up: Ike Taylor to miss two games

By Jamison Hensley

There's a chance that Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis will practice today, just a little over seven weeks removed from tearing his triceps. We'll find out if that happens this afternoon. That leads us into our wake-up call, which has some injury news:

RAVENS: Quarterback Joe Flacco and speedy wide receiver Torrey Smith have struggled to connect the past two games against the Steelers. He was held to one catch for seven yards in Pittsburgh and made three receptions for 33 yards last Sunday. "Yeah, it's definitely frustrating," Smith told The Baltimore Sun. "Regardless of how tough it may be, it's my job to make the play and more often than not I make it. But there were a couple of plays that I'm very upset about."

STEELERSIke Taylor, the team's top cornerback, will miss at least two weeks with a hairline fracture of his right ankle, according to the Pittsburgh Post-GazetteCortez Allen will start for Taylor at right cornerback, and Curtis Brown takes over at nickel back. "I thought both guys did a really nice job," coach Mike Tomlin said. "They proved that it wasn't too big for them. Cortez Allen has played a lot of defensive football for us this year over the course of the season. I was not surprised by his performance but I was pleased with the defensive contributions of Brown."

BENGALS: Cincinnati placed rookie third-round pick Mohamed Sanu on injured reserve after he had surgery on his foot. The team signed running back Daniel Herron to take Sanu's roster spot. According to The Cincinnati Enquirer, Herron was also added because Cedric Peerman’s status is up in the air after he injured his ankle during the first half of last Sunday’s game.

BROWNS: The Plain Dealer's Terry Pluto said the rumor of replacing general manager Tom Heckert with Mike Lombardi doesn't make sense. "A former executive with the Browns and Raiders, Lombardi's draft record doesn't come close to matching what Heckert did in Philadelphia and with the Browns," Pluto wrote. "In fact, Lombardi was very critical of the Browns picking Josh Gordon in the second round of the supplemental draft. Nor was he thrilled with the 2012 Browns draft -- the one that produced starters Trent Richardson, Brandon Weeden, Mitchell Schwartz, James-Michael Johnson and Billy Winn."