AFC North and NFL Roundup: Week of Nov. 12-16


Friday, Nov. 16

Clark Goes Through Full Practice
Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark suffered a concussion a Monday, which was his second in three games. Despite the injury, Clark went through a full practice on Thursday after meeting with a neurosurgeon and he is expected to play on Sunday.  [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Haden Sits Out Practice, Could Miss Game
Cleveland Browns top cornerback Joe Haden sat out practice on Thursday with an oblique injury, which has put his status for Sunday's game up in the air. Haden pulled an oblique muscle in practice on Wednesday, which is another hit to an already frustrating season for Haden. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

Sanu Becoming Go-To Target 
Third round draft pick Mohamed Sanu is becoming a go-to target within the Cincinnati Bengals offense. The rookie has come on strong in recent weeks, and has proven to be a complimentary piece to A.J. Green in the Bengals' passing attack. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

Bills Top Dolphins On TNF *
The Buffalo Bills took down the Miami Dolphins 19-14 on Thursday Night Football, keeping alive the Bills' hopes of making a push for the playoffs. The Bills are just 4-6 on the season and still have a long climb to challenge the Patriots in the AFC East, but winning Thursday night kept their postseason hopes alive for the time being. [] *
Thursday, Nov. 15

Roethlisberger Had Serious Rib Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Ravens because of shoulder and rib injuries. The veteran quarterback talked with the media about the injuries on Wednesday, saying that he has a dislocated rib that could potentially be fatal if he were to play before it heals and risk getting hit again. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Weeden Knows Job Security At Risk
The Cleveland Browns invested a first-round draft pick in quarterback Brandon Weeden this year, and now the new regime is planning to spend the final seven weeks of the season determining if he is the quarterback of the future. Weeden told the media that he knows  his job is on the line. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

Maualuga Gains By Losing 20 Pounds 
Cincinnati Benagls linebacker Rey Maualuga lost about 20 pounds during the offseason, and the weight loss has paid dividends on the football field. The middle linebacker is having arguably the best season of his career and his playing a key role in a Bengals defense that led the Bengals to a 31-13 win over the Giants last week. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

Ryan Angered By Tebow Comments *
About a dozen New York Jets players and team officials anonymously ripped backup quarterback Tim Tebow in a New York Daily News article published on Wednesday, which angered Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan. "If you're not going to put your name to it, I think that's about as cowardly of a thing there is," Ryan told the media. [] *
Wednesday, Nov. 14

Steelers Re-sign Ta'amu To Practice Squad
The Steelers have brought back rookie nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu and placed him on the practice squad. The rookie defender was suspended earlier this season following an arrest for drunken driving, and he is currently facing a number of felony and misdemeanor charges for the incident. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Little Received Advice From Mourning
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Greg Little recently met with former NBA start Alonzo Mourning, and Little says that the meeting his sharpened his focus as a professional. Little met with Mourning over the bye week and shared Mourning's message with his teammates during a recent meeting. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

Bengals Sell Out Cowboys Game 
The Cincinnati Bengals have struggled with attendance numbers in recent years and have been forced to blackout a handful of home games for not selling enough tickets. That won't happen for the Bengals Dec. 9 game against the Cowboys, which was declared a sellout this week. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

Teammates Anonymously Rip Tebow *
A number of Jets players anonymously ripped backup quarterback Tim Tebow in a New York Daily News article released today. In the article, teammates reportedly say that Tebow is "terrible," and more than a dozen players and officials said that Tebow is not the answer at quarterback. [] *
Tuesday, Nov. 13

Steelers Narrowly Escape With Win Over KC
The Kansas City Chiefs had the Steelers on the ropes, but an interception by Matt Cassel in overtime set up the game-winning field goal and kept the Steelers just one game back in the AFC North race. The Steelers beat the Chiefs 16-13 on a cold, rainy night at Heinz Field. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Rubin Nearing Return
The Cleveland Browns have been playing with a banged up defensive line for most of the season, but starting defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin is close to getting back on the field after missing the last month with a calf injury. Rubin is hoping to play this Sunday against the Cowboys. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

Defense Shines Against Giants 
The Bengals coaching staff had plenty to like about Sunday's 31-13 victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Giants. Perhaps the most impressive was the performance of the defense, which sacked Eli Manning four times and pressured him throughout the contest. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

Falcons Release Ray Edwards *
The Atlanta Falcons released unproductive defensive lineman Ray Edwards on Monday, less than two years after signing him to a $30 million contract, with $11 million guaranteed. Edwards was supposed to bolster the Falcons' pass rush, but he collected just 3.5 sacks in one full season with Atlanta. [] *
Monday, Nov. 12

Haley Thriving In New Job
Pittsburgh Steelers Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley came to town this offseason after a tumultuous exit from Kansas City, which created questions about how he would fit in with the Steelers. But Haley has quickly adjusted to life in Pittsburgh and it's been a successful start for both sides. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Holmgren Reportedly Wants To Coach
Outgoing Cleveland Browns President Mike Holmgren reportedly wants to coach the Dallas Cowboys if Jason Garrett is fired after this season. Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones responded to the report and said that "Garrett gives us an outstanding chance to be what we want to be."  [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

Bengals Thump Giants 
The Cincinnati Bengals got back on track Sunday with a 31-13 win over the New York Giants. The Bengals had been riding a four-game losing streak coming into Sunday, but the offense exploded as quarterback Andy Dalton threw four touchdown passes in the victory. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

*Texans Keep Pace Atop AFC *
The Houston Texans kept pace atop the AFC with a 13-6 victory over the Chicago Bears during a rainy game at Soldier Field. The Bears lost quarterback Jay Cutler to a concussion in the first half, and the Texans capitalized on four Bears turnovers to get the win and improve to 8-1. []

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