Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Wake-up: Time to get over Browns' move?
By Jamison Hensley
Let's take a look at what's happening around the division in the wake-up call ...
RAVENS: Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata told USA Today that his injured left knee was feeling better. It was good sign that he was seen jogging through the team's New Orleans hotel Monday, less than 24 hours after he was unable to finish the Super Bowl. Meanwhile, safety Bernard Pollard played the majority of the season with six cracked ribs, according to The Baltimore Sun. "It's tough dealing with pain," Pollard said. "For us as football players, we know we're going to go through it."
BENGALS: Rookie linebacker Brandon Joiner has been activated off the reserve-did not report list after completing a prison term. The Bengals signed Joiner out of Arkansas State as an undrafted free agent last year, knowing he would be going to prison in Texas over a robbery that led to his indictment in 2008. He was placed on a reserve list and missed all of last season while completing his sentence. Joiner is expected to compete at strong-side linebacker.
STEELERS: The team placed running back Chris Rainey on waivers on Monday, according to Steelers Digest. The Steelers announced it was parting ways with Rainey on Jan. 10, only hours after his second arrest for a domestic violence incident. But Pittsburgh had to wait until after the Super Bowl to officially waive a player. Rainey has since pleaded no contest to a charge of disorderly conduct and paid nearly $500 in fines and court costs.
BROWNS: The Ravens won their second Super Bowl since relocating from Cleveland, and the Browns have yet to win a playoff game since rejoining the league in 1999. While this only adds to the sting, Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown believes Browns fans have to move on. "That's old news now," Brown told NFL.com. "Baltimore has proven themselves on the football field. We can't take that away. Art did not make the correct move in my opinion, at the time. It hurt the people, but now it's time to get over it."