AFC North Blog
Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill is expected to be the workhorse back today. He was benched last week after fumbling twice. Offensive coordinator says that was punishment enough and Hill will step back into his regular role and see the majority of the carries in Cincy.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Dwayne Bowe is inactive for today's game. He is allegedly dealing with a hamstring injury.
Baltimore Ravens running back Lorenzo Taliaferro is active for today's game. He will be the primary backup to Justin Forsett.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was carted off the field with a knee injury on Sunday. He was later diagnosed with a sprained MCL and a bone bruise. Big Ben is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, however, pretty much everyone seems to believe he's going to miss the full six weeks. The bone bruise is the more major of the two injuries. Michael Vick will serve as the starter in his absence.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell made his season debut on Sunday. Now he's already preparing for a larger role after quarterback Ben Roethlisberger went down with a knee injury. He is expected to miss about six weeks. Bell said he feels great and he's ready for the load. "I felt great," Bell said. "I trained hard. I practiced hard. When it's the game, it kind of comes easy. I don't really get out of breath or get fatigued. It's a short week so we'll see how I feel tomorrow … I'm prepared for whatever. If Ben goes down, it might be a little more headed toward the running game if the franchise quarterback is down. We revolve a lot of things around him. That's something I prepare for. I'm ready for whatever they ask me to do. I don't think there is ever a time when there is too much on my shoulders. I want to go out there and continue to make plays and help this team win games."
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Breshad Perriman has been sidelined since the first day of training camp with a sprained PCL, which was originally diagnosed as a knee bruise. After practicing last week, head coach John Harbaugh said Perriman was "getting close". Now he suffered a setback in pregame warmups on Sunday and aggravated the injury. This could cause him to miss more time than anticipated.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Michael Vick will be the starting quarterback while Ben Roethlisberger. Head coach Mike Tomlin plans to tailor the offense for Vick to keep him in his comfort zone. "He is [comfortable in the offense], but that doesn't mean that we're going to ask him to execute our offense in the same manner as we'd ask Ben to," Tomlin said. "Ben and coach [Todd] Haley have been together for three years now, Ben has been in Pittsburgh for over 10 years. There's a certain comfort in that continuity … We're not going to assume certain things because Mike is a veteran player, and he's up to speed on a large body of work. We're going to work in his comfort zone and bring the game to him, to allow him to put us in the best position to win the football game."
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Breshad Perriman has not practiced since re-aggravating his knee injury in pregame workouts on Sunday. He appeared to be on track to return very soon, possibly even this week. Now yet another setback has put his timetable into question. There is no word on when the Ravens' first-round pick will be ready to take the field.
Baltimore Ravens tight end Crockett Gillmore injured his calf Sunday and is not expected to play Sunday. This is according to offensive coordinator Marc Trestman. The quick turnaround appears to be too much for the surprisingly productive tight end. With Gillmore out, the Ravens will turn to their young corps of backup TEs. "With Crockett being out, we expect [our young tight ends] to step up and play well for us," Trestman said.
Baltimore Ravens tight end Crockett Gillmore has been ruled out for Thursday night's matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He suffered a calf injury on Sunday and the short turnaround was too much for Gillmore to overcome in just four days. Rookie Maxx Williams is expected to get the start in his absence.