As you've been noticing with the other NFL division blogs, ESPN.com has been adding bloggers for individual teams. The AFC North blog got into the act Monday afternoon with Scott Brown taking over the primary coverage of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Let's all extend a warm welcome to Scott, who knows the Black and Gold extremely well from his days covering the team for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and will make this blog better with his insights. I will keep the wake-up post going because my responsibilities still extend to the Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns.
For news involving the teams in this division, here's your wake-up call ...
RAVENS: Cornerback Jimmy Smith had a rough preseason game in defending Falcons receiver Julio Jones, but the former first-round pick seemed to suggest he wasn't solely responsible for letting Jones catch three passes for 55 yards, including an eight-yard touchdown pass. “There's a lot to learn as a whole defense,” Smith told The Baltimore Sun. “I could be more aggressive. I know what you're getting at. Nobody on the outside knows what happens on the inside. There were some holes that need to be fixed, and we worked on them this week.”
BENGALS: Backup cornerback and returner Adam “Pacman” Jones had his court date continued Monday until Oct. 7, the day after the Bengals play host to the New England Patriots. He was charged with assault after police said he hit a woman at a bar. Jones is subject to the league's personal conduct policy but it is unlikely they would take action before the trial. A league spokesman told The Cincinnati Enquirer the matter remains under review.
STEELERS: Rookie running back Le'Veon Bell suffered a mid-foot injury and will get an MRI on Tuesday, coach Mike Tomlin said after Monday's 24-13 preseason loss at the Washington Redskins. In his preseason debut, Bell ran for nine yards on four carries before leaving the game. This is Bell's third injury in two weeks. He aggravated a left knee injury in practice last week. Asked if he was frustrated in not being able to get the second-round pick going, Tomlin said, "No. I don’t get frustrated. I just deal with issues."
BROWNS: CEO Joe Banner said injured rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo will undergo more tests on his bruised lung, according to The Associated Press. Banner said there is no timetable on the return of this year's first-round pick and made it clear the Browns will be very cautious before putting their prized pick back on the field.