Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Wake-up: A.J. Green could play Saturday
By Jamison Hensley
Time to take a look around the division with your wake-up call ...
RAVENS: Inside linebacker Jameel McClain (spinal cord contusion) will likely start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, but coach John Harbaugh hasn't ruled him out for the season. "It’s just impossible, they say, to tell us the time frame," Harbaugh said, via the team's official website. With McClain out and Ray Lewis retired, Daryl Smith and Josh Bynes have been starting at inside linebacker.
BENGALS: Wide receiver A.J. Green and offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth could make their preseason debuts Saturday against the Dallas Cowboys. Both have been missed the first two preseason games with knee injuries. "They have a chance to play," coach Marvin Lewis said. "We'll see.” ... Defensive end Carlos Dunlap returned to practice Monday, his first work since suffering a concussion in late July. Lewis indicated Dunlap appears to be on track for a return, but there's no guarantees when you're dealing with concussions. “Obviously, those are touchy things,” Lewis said, via The Cincinnati Enquirer. “It was good to see him. He was out (Tuesday) morning, participated. Hopefully we continue to move forward.”
STEELERS: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger believes an offense, which is breaking in a reshuffled offensive line and a rookie running back, is closer to being regular season-ready than it looks in the preseason. “We've come into games saying, ‘Let's feature the backs. Let's establish an identity and run the ball, run the ball, run the ball,' ” Roethlisberger said, via The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “So that's why I'm not putting too much stock in what's happened out there. There's a lot of plays that could be made in the passing game that we've haven't taken advantage of because we've been trying to run the ball.”
BROWNS: Before announcing Brandon Weeden as his starting quarterback, coach Rob Chudzinski consulted with offensive coordinator Norv Turner, owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner. "They are 100 percent behind it,'' Chudzinski said, via The Plain Dealer. "It was completely my decision (but) they are supportive and excited about getting going with that. There are going to be ups and downs along the way, but overall, the general trend has been upward.”