AFC North Blog
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis expects WR A.J. Green to play Sunday versus the Titans, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Green left the Bengals' Week 2 matchup early with a strained ligament in his toe. For his part, Green told reporters that he hopes to play, but made no guarantees. "I feel good," he said. "I still have some treatment to do, but it's getting better."
Sure enough, Green returned to limited practice Thursday after missing Wednesday's session.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco missed Wednesday's practice with what is being called a cold. Head coach John Harbaugh was noncommittal when asked about Flacco's status for Sunday's gave versus Cleveland. "I don't know. We'll see," Harbaugh said when asked if Flacco would return this week.
Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron (shoulder) returned to practice in limited fashion Wednesday. If the rest of the week goes as planned, the Pro Bowler should be ready to roll against divisional foe Baltimore on Sunday. Cameron, one of the Browns' biggest weapons in the passing game, caught 80 balls for 917 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013 despite playing with three different quarterbacks. He had two catches for 47 yards in the season opener before exiting midway through the third quarter with was later diagnosed as a sprained AC joint.
The status of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery may be the focus of the biggest injury story today, but there sure are many names to track this morning -- Jordan Cameron, Carson Palmer, DeAngelo Williams, Toby Gerhart, Cecil Shorts and more. For the latest on all of today's banged-up NFL'ers, refresh this post consistently starting at 11:30 a.m. Eastern when the active/inactives reports officially come out.
If the first two games of the Baltimore Ravens' seasons are any indication of how they plan to use Torrey Smith, he may be in trouble. Smith was held to one catch for 10 yards on Thursday night. Last week, he had only three receptions for 50 yards. While it's worth noting that Smith was targeted twice in the end zone on two separate drives, Joe Flacco has clearly looked towards Steve Smith and tight ends Dennis Pitta and Owen Daniels before Torrey.
Torrey Smith may be in for a fantasy downgrade He's the third option in this passing game and has been used as a decoy or a blocker for other receivers. The only hope is that Flacco sticks to his word from earlier this week about how Smith could catch 100 passes this year, but that hasn't been kept yet. It's a situation to monitor, and Smith might be a bench candidate against the Browns in Week 3.
In a strange turn of events for the Baltimore Ravens, tight end Owen Daniels was able to grab two touchdowns in Thursday's 26-6 victory. It wasn't a bad game plan for the Ravens considering Daniels stayed under the radar of the Steelers' defense and was uncovered on both end-zone catches. He finished with five receptions for 28 yards.
The Pittsburgh Steelers had a rough night against the Baltimore Ravens, which was evident when Le'Veon Bell only rushed 11 times for 59 yards. The Steelers were behind for most of the game, causing Ben Roethlisberger to drop back 37 times. When he did get his chances, Bell looked as good as he ever has, but the carries weren't there with the offense playing catch-up for most of the night.
Bell saved fantasy owners with his five receptions for 48 yards. It was a bad night for the Steelers as they didn't see a touchdown and had only two field goals. Bell will have another tough matchup against the stingy Carolina Panthers defense next week, but he is a must-start in every format.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, when the players vote on a new drug policy for the NFL, as early as today, some players will have their current suspensions reduced or repealed. Josh Gordon will likely have his season-long suspension reduced to between 6-10 games. Eight is considered the most likely number.
You know it's been a tough week in the NFL when the passage of a new drug policy is considered "the good news."
It was reported earlier Friday that the league and its 32 player representatives had approved the policy.
Then they hadn't. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tweeted Friday night that an agreement has not been reached yet.
While nothing is official, it will be soon. And when that time comes, Josh Gordon's year-long suspension will reportedly be reduced to 10 games. According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Gordon has already been notified that the length of his suspension has been reduced to 10, pending the policy's approval.
The Bengals have already lost Marvin Jones and tight end Tyler Eifert for weeks. But this would be an absolutely crushing blow: Wide receiver A.J. Green didn't practice Thursday. This comes after he was limited during practice on Wednesday. Green supposedly has an injured foot.