Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Wake-up: Browns' Josh Gordon sidelined
By Jamison Hensley
I'm headed back to AFC North headquarters this morning after spending a couple of days at Cincinnati Bengals training camp. If there is any news in the division over the next couple of hours, you can check the headlines on our NFL page. Also, the AFC North weekly chat has to be moved to today at 3 p.m. I will post a reminder later in the day. Here's your wake-up call ...
RAVENS: Fullback Vonta Leach told the team's official website that it felt "like I never left" after he re-signed with the team Monday. Leach didn't draw much serious interest in his 48 days on the free-agent market. “It was at times a frustrating process, but I know it’s a business and that’s how it goes,” Leach said. “Unfortunately I know all too well that it’s a business. I had to be patient and continue to stay in good shape not knowing where I was going to be this year. But I’m glad I’m here.”
BENGALS: Kyle Cook has the early edge over Trevor Robinson in the training camp battle for the starting center job, according to the Dayton Daily News. “Kyle knows this offense like the back of his hand,” offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said. “He’s got that going for him. In order to beat Kyle Cook out, you better be really, really good. Trevor’s coming back from his pectoral injury and he’s a little bit rusty. He’s got to get back into the flow."
STEELERS: In their first padded practice of training camp, the Steelers pit their top two draft picks, Jarvis Jones and Le'Veon Bell, in the running backs versus linebackers drill. The two split their four head-to-head meetings, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “It's an easy match isn't it? They're two young guys that are high draft picks, and, obviously, a lot will be expected of them,” Tomlin said. “To pit one against the other, I think, is appropriate. You'll continue to see more of it.” Bell worked with the first-team offense during practice, but Tomlin said no one should jump to conclusions.
BROWNS: Wide receiver Josh Gordon was held out of team drills with patellar tendinitis, according to The Plain Dealer. In other words, he has a knee injury that gets better with rest and rarely results in a surgery. Coach Rob Chudzinski said Gordon had tendinitis before Monday's practice. "He started out, tried to push through it, but we pulled him and sat down him down for the rest of practice," Chudzinski said. "I'm not too concerned about it. It shouldn't be a big deal."