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Monday, August 19, 2013
Wake-up: Mingo's projected timetable

By Jamison Hensley

Here's your AFC North wake-up call ...

RAVENS: Coach John Harbaugh indicated Sunday there’s a “good chance” that cornerback Lardarius Webb (knee) and Pro Bowl right guard Marshal Yanda (shoulder) will play in Thursday's preseason game against the Carolina Panthers. Yanda just started practicing last week after having offseason rotator cuff sugery, and Webb has been a limited participant for most of training camp. “I don’t want to say anything until we get through a couple of more days of practice, but it would be nice to get those guys out there,” Harbaugh said, via The Baltimore Sun.

BENGALS: With George Iloka not playing because of a wrist injury, rookie third-round pick Shawn Williams made the most of his increased opportunities at strong safety. Playing the most snaps on defense with 53, he finished with 10 tackles in a preseason game where nobody else recorded more than five. “I had a feeling I was going to get to play more. I was just out there having fun and playing football and running to the ball,” Williams told The Cincinnati Enquirer. “I feel like I improved from the first game. I missed a couple of tackles, but today I think I tackled well.”

STEELERS: Is this a make-or-break year for Ziggy Hood? The 2009 first-round pick has started 31 games in 2011 and 2012 for a defense that finished No. 1 in the NFL both seasons. But Hood is entering the final year of his rookie contract and will be an unrestricted free agent in March if he doesn't get an extension from Pittsburgh. "I'm not worried about the contract or anything like that," Hood told The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Because if I do what I'm capable of doing, everything will work out. If I'm worried about it, then I'm not focusing on what I have to do and that's to help this team win."

BROWNS: First-round pick Barkevious Mingo acknowledged that he was spitting up blood on the sideline before he was pulled from the game and sent to the hospital for a bruised lung. Mingo is expected to miss at least a week or two and will likely be held out the final two preseason games. "I learn better when I do stuff, so now I’m missing out on valuable reps that could help me down the season," Mingo said, via The Plain Dealer. "But whenever the doctors and the coaches clear me to get back on the field, that’s when I’ll be back."