AFC North: 2013 Week 7 NFL Buzz

Locker Room Buzz: Cleveland Browns

October, 20, 2013
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Observed in the locker room after the Cleveland Browns' 31-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Angry faces: The angriest people in the locker room seemed to be the Browns' receivers. Interpreting their anger probably isn't wise, but their answers were ... curt. Said Josh Gordon of the offense: "We just didn't get it going as well as we should have." Said Greg Little: "Have to get better. That's it." There was a bit of an edge to their voices.

Evening grimace: This came from Brandon Weeden when he was asked how frustrated he is that he can't get the offense going. It either meant, "Geez, I'm doing my best" or "of course I'm frustrated."

Stay the course: Coach Rob Chudzinski said he gave no thought to pulling Weeden during the game, even though Weeden finished just 17-for-42. As for the future, Chudzinski said: "We'll always put the guys out there that give us the best chance to win."

Against the wind: Chudzinski said he eschewed a field goal on fourth-and-15 from the Green Bay 31 because the wind in that direction was strong and unpredictable. Kicker Billy Cundiff said Mason Crosby told him he hit a 52-yard try in that direction well, but it came up three yards short. Cundiff said the wind would have had to die to make the 48-yard kick worth trying. "(Coaches) get paid big bucks for a reason," Cundiff said.

Concerned for Finley: Safety Tashaun Gipson said a prayer for injured Packers tight end Jermichael Finley after Gipson's violent hit left Finley laying on the turf for several minutes. "I shot a prayer up for him and if I can reach out after the game I'm going to try to get in contact with him and let him know my condolences go out to him," Gipson said, adding the hit was all shoulder and it went so fast he still doesn't know what happened.

Locker Room Buzz: Pittsburgh Steelers

October, 20, 2013
PITTSBURGH -- Observed in the locker room after the Pittsburgh Steelers' 19-16 win over the Baltimore Ravens.

Oh so close: Mike Tomlin didn’t hide his displeasure about the late kickoff return for a touchdown that was called back after Emmanuel Sanders stepped out of bounds at the Steelers’ 37-yard line. Sanders, who brought a deep kickoff out of the end zone, came within inches of successfully staying in bounds along the Steelers sideline and scoring. What upset Tomlin is that the call could not be reviewed per NFL rules, which seems silly considering the impact the play had on the game and how close it was. “I’ve got to go back and look at it,” Sanders said when asked if he stayed in bounds. “I saw it on the replay board. It seemed like I tiptoed the boundary but it was so close.”

A new wrinkle: The Steelers ran the Wildcat offense four times with rookie running back Le’Veon Bell taking a direct snap from center. Bell, who ran three times out of the formation and once handed off to wideout Antonio Brown, said the Steelers had not practiced the Wildcat until last week. That’s right, the Steelers did not work on the Wildcat in any of their offseason practices or during training camp, which is why the Ravens didn’t expect it. “I’m comfortable with it,” said Bell, who ran the Wildcat at Michigan State and played quarterback at high school. “We can get better at it.”

Injury update: Steelers outside linebacker Jarvis Jones (concussion) didn’t dress even though the rookie passed an imPACT test on Friday. Tomlin said renowned concussion doctor Micky Collins expressed reservations about Jones playing against the Ravens following a check-up on Saturday. “We didn’t second-guess it,” Tomlin said. “We moved on. It is my assumption that he’ll be ready to go next week.” Right tackle Marcus Gilbert aggravated a quadriceps injury early in the game and did not return. Tomlin opted for Guy Whimper over Mike Adams at right tackle because the latter had figured prominently into the Steelers’ plans to use a lineman as an extra tight end, and the coach did not want to disrupt that.

Welcome back: James Farrior, a stalwart on the teams that won a pair of Super Bowls and played in three of them from 2005 to 2010, shared a long hug with Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau. The former linebacker caught up with different teammates in the victorious locker room and said he is plenty busy even though he is no longer involved with football. Farrior and his wife have 12-week-old twins and are raising them in Houston. Since she works, Farrior, who retired in 2012 after the Steelers released him, is now a full-time dad. His smile suggests he is loving every minute of it.

Locker Room Buzz: Baltimore Ravens

October, 20, 2013
PITTSBURGH -- Observed in the locker room after the Baltimore Ravens' 19-16 loss at the Pittsburgh Steelers:

Suggs declares 'State of Emergency': The Ravens have a losing record after seven games for the first time in the John Harbaugh era. Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs was the most outspoken player in the locker room. "I'm very concerned," Suggs said. "This has been very rare with this franchise that we've been under .500, especially with the exception of the first game. We can't kid ourselves anymore. We got a tremendous amount of work to do." Suggs later added, "We have a state of emergency now. We can't let no more of these games go by losing by two (points) and then losing by three. We have to have these games."

What upset Harbaugh: Many will second-guess coach John Harbaugh for going for an onside kick in the fourth quarter after cutting the Steelers' lead to 13-9. What got Harbaugh upset was Jeromy Miles getting flagged for offside, which would've negated a Ravens' recovery if Justin Tucker had fallen on the ball. "To me, that's the unforgivable part of that," Harbaugh said. "I don't want to see a guy offside. If you're offside, you're not going to get it. That's the part that ticks me off more than anything."

Rice insists he's not hurt: Running back Ray Rice, who declared he was at full strength Friday, was wearing an ice pack on his left shoulder. "Obviously, you can see I lowered the pads today," Rice said. "There's nothing wrong with my shoulder. I'm just putting it out there. It's called icing after the game. That's what happens when you play running back in the NFL."

Locker Room Buzz: Cincinnati Bengals

October, 20, 2013
DETROIT -- Observed in the locker room after the Cincinnati Bengals' 27-24 win over the Detroit Lions:

Jokes on who? Like we wrote earlier this weekend, Bengals receiver A.J. Green and Lions wideout Calvin Johnson share a unique friendship. In front of his locker, Green was asked to share his thoughts on his colleague's impressive, high-leaping, 50-yard touchdown catch over triple coverage. "That was amazing, man," Green started to say. Someone nearby wasn't amused. Bengals safety Reggie Nelson, one of the three players who were beat by the 6-foot-5 receiver blurted out to reporters, "Oh, y'all trying to be funny?"

Not funny miss: For the record, Nelson was joking. His coach, Marvin Lewis, wasn't in a comedic mood during his postgame news conference when he called out officials who forced him to challenge a pivotal fourth-quarter incompletion. "That's one that shouldn't be missed," Lewis said. "That was an easy one for the seven guys on the field to see." Officials originally awarded the Lions' Joique Bell with a catch when he actually didn't possess it.

Hurt for Hall: Bengals cornerback Terence Newman said he and Nelson nearly cried on the sideline when they learned fellow corner Leon Hall suffered his second Achilles injury in three years. Lewis called the injury "significant."