AFC North: Candace Williams

It's your usual Friday of goodies, with my predictions getting posted at noon and the Final Word going on the site at 1:30 p.m. For now, here's your wake-up call ...

RAVENS: Linebacker Terrell Suggs returned to practice Thursday after sitting out the day before. He remains a game-time decision, and doesn't plan to wear a brace for his torn biceps if he does play, according to the team's official website. In other news, Suggs had to surrender several firearms stemming from a domestic case involving his girlfriend, Suggs' attorney told The Baltimore Sun on Thursday. Court records indicate Suggs filed a custody complaint against Candace Williams on Nov. 19, and that Williams filed a complaint against him after that. Two 911 calls were received from Suggs' address on Nov. 21, but did not yield any reports, police told The Sun.

STEELERS: Troy Polamalu hasn't practiced Wednesday or Thursday. The Pro Bowl safety plans to practice Friday and start Sunday against the Chargers. If Polamalu had gone with this take-it-slow regimen earlier this season, he might not have aggravated the calf injury. "I think it was a better game plan going into the last game than it was going into the Philadelphia game where I injured myself," Polamalu told The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Polamalu, who missed seven straight games before returning last week, said that being away from the game "just kind of reinforces the perspective that maybe I didn't appreciate as much as I used to."
BENGALS: The Bengals lost their No. 2 wide receiver for the season when they placed Mohamed Sanu on injured reserve this week. Cincinnati now might have to play without its second-leading pass catcher. After being listed as limited on Wednesday, tight end Jermaine Gresham did not practice on Thursday due to a hamstring injury. Last season, a hamstring injury sidelined him for two games. Rookie fourth-round pick Orson Charles would likely get the start if Gresham is inactive, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer.

BROWNS: Peyton Hillis lashed out at former teammate Joe Thomas, comparing the Browns offensive tackle to a "crazy ex-girlfriend" after he made disparaging comments about the Chiefs running back. "It's been over a year. Get over it," Hillis said. "But I don't know. I guess when you get paid over $100 million by one team, it's kind of easy to point the finger at another guy and hate on him for trying to get another contract." Thomas and Hillis have certainly found a way to spice up a matchup between the 4-8 Browns and the 2-10 Chiefs.

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