AFC North: Aaron Pettrey

Here are the most interesting stories Friday in the AFC North:
  • Amid criticism, Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians talks about his approach.
Morning take: Despite injuries on the offensive line, Pittsburgh's offense needs to play more efficiently. Sunday's contest against the Oakland Raiders is a big game for this group.
Morning take: Boldin's toughness and leadership are great fits in Baltimore, especially since it comes on the offensive side of the ball on a defensively oriented team.
  • Cleveland Browns starting cornerback Sheldon Brown (neck, shoulder) is optimistic that he will be ready to play against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Morning take: Brown's veteran presence would be a nice boost and provide depth. But it also prevents Joe Haden from starting, and I think it’s time for the coaches to find Haden more playing time.
Morning take: Based on Cincinnati's recent push for Jeff Reed, Pettrey is on a short leash. He needs to make the most of this opportunity.

Bengals choose their kicker

November, 16, 2010
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The Cincinnati Bengals made their choice of who will replace injured kicker Mike Nugent for the remainder of the season -- and it's not Jeff Reed.

Instead, Cincinnati (2-7) goes with another Ohio State alum in Aaron Pettrey, who was signed by the team Tuesday. On the same day, the Pittsburgh Steelers made Reed available after cutting the veteran and signing Shaun Suisham.

Pettrey, an undrafted rookie, will make his NFL debut Sunday against the Buffalo Bills (1-8).

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