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Apr
8

Ravens HC John Harbaugh praises WRs Michael Campanaro and Kamar Aiken

On Wednesday, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh mentioned wide receivers Michael Campanaro and Kamar Aiken as "young players who have a chance to grow into bigger roles this season," according to Ravens reporter Aaron Wilson.
With Torrey Smith, Jacoby Jones and Owen Daniels gone, the Ravens will need all the help they can get from their young wideouts.

Apr
9

Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell hit with three-game suspension

Steelers star RB Le'Veon Bell has been suspended for three games stemming from his arrest last August. Bell was pulled over while driving with then teammate LeGarrette Blount. Bell was charged with possession of marijuana and DUI. He will also be fined an additional game check. The NFL's reigning Fantasy Player of the Year will appeal.

Apr
9

Browns sign TE Rob Housler to a one-year deal

The Browns have agreed to terms with free agent TE Rob Housler. The deal is reportedly for one year. Housler is touted for his athleticism and ability as a pass catcher. However, he has been accused of being a subpar blocker. Housler actually has a very similar skill set to former Browns TE Jordan Cameron.

Apr
9

Steelers safety Troy Polamalu to retire

After a 12 incredible seasons, Steelers safety Troy Polamalu is calling it a career. He informed team chairman Dan Rooney of his decision to retire Wednesday night. He is a four-time first-team All-Pro and two-time Super Bowl champion. He was also named the 2010 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
When asked about his decision, Polamalu responded, "It's all about family. I live here in Pittsburgh now, and since the end of the season, I've had a chance to enjoy my family on a level I never had before. It was awesome."

Apr
11

Browns QB Johnny Manziel discharged from rehab

As expected, Johnny Manziel has been discharged from his drug and alcohol treatment facility. Manziel checked himself in nearly two months ago after admitting he had a serious problem. Reports have since surfaced that the Browns have mostly moved on from the embattled QB. The team has signed Josh McCown and have actively pursued acquiring other potential starting quarterbacks. There are rumors of the Browns' desire to add either Sam Bradford or Marcus Mariota.

Apr
13

Ravens NT Brandon Williams on DL Timmy Jernigan: 'That dude's a beast'

Ravens second-year defensive lineman Timmy Jernigan is expected to fill the enormous hole left by Haloti Ngata's departure. Jernigan was the Ravens' second-round pick in 2014, however, he was projected as a first-round talent by many. He played 26 snaps per game as a rookie. He also filled in as the starter when Ngata was suspended for four games due to a violation of the league's substance abuse policy.
Much like Ngata, Jernigan is a true defensive tackle moving outside in a 3-4 system, and both his coaches and teammates speak highly of him. Starting nose tackle Brandon Williams was asked about Jernigan replacing the former Ravens great.
"Timmy, that dude's a beast," Williams said. "He never stops. He's a pit bull. He's so quick off the line. He's got great hands. He's a real physical guy."

Apr
14

Steelers CB Ike Taylor calls it a career

Longtime Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor has decided to hang up his cleats after 12 years in Pittsburgh. Today's retirement announcement comes just days after starting safety Troy Polamalu decided to call it a career as well. As such, the Steelers' secondary will be nearly unnoticeable in 2015.

Apr
15

Browns LB Barkevious Mingo (shoulder) is “Just waiting on the final word from the trainers'

Barkevious Mingo says his right shoulder is feeling after surgery on his labrum in his right shoulder. 'I'll be pretty close to all-go,' Mingo said. 'Just waiting on the final word from the trainers and going from there.' After a disappointing start to his career, Mingo vows, 'Next year's going to be a different story.' With Jabaal Sheard gone in Cleveland, Mingo should see more opportunities in 2015. After being picked sixth overall in 2013 out of LSU, Mingo has been less than spectacular totaling just 84 tackles and seven sacks in two seasons. This is pretty much a make-or-break year for him. With more opportunity he could be a breakout candidate in 2015.