AFC North and NFL Roundup: Week of Sept. 10-14


Friday, Sept. 14

!**Steelers To Add 3,000 Seats At Heinz Field**The Pittsburgh Steelers have reached a deal with city leaders to add 3,000 seats at Heinz Field. The expansion will cost about $38 million, which will be financed through a combination of public and private funding. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

!**Richardson Fired Up By 'Nothing Spectacular' Comments** 
Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga was asked in a recent interview about Cleveland running back Trent Richardson and said that the rookie did "nothing spectacular" on opening weekend. Richardson said that the comments have been stored away on his mental bulletin board. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

!Dunlap, Scott Return 
The Bengals were without defensive end Carlos Dunlap and running back Bernard Scott in Monday night's game against the Ravens, but both of them have returned to the practice field this week. They both have a good shot of playing this weekend against Cleveland. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

!**Goodell To Meet With Vilma Monday** 
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will meet with Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma on Monday to discuss Vilma's suspension that was temporarily lifted last week. Goodell could still reinstate the suspensions of Vilma and three other players by clarifying the way his ruling was written. [] Wednesday, Sept. 12

!**Tomlin Says O-Line 'Should Be Fine'**The Pittsburgh Steelers are dealing with some injuries along their offensive line, but Head Coach Mike Tomlin said that starting linemen Marcus Gilbert and Ramon Foster "should be fine" for this week's game. Both Foster and Gilbert left Sunday's game with injuries. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

!**Haslam Steps Down As CEO Of Pilot** 
New Cleveland Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam has stepped down as the CEO of his family-owned company Pilot Flying J to become the company's chairman. Haslam plans to establish a presence in Cleveland after purchasing the team from Randy Lerner. []

!Secondary Struggles Against The Ravens 
The Cincinnati Bengals secondary looked shaky in Monday's night's drubbing at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens. Joe Flacco threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns during the worst opening-week losing margin in Bengals history.  [Cincinnati Enquirer]

!**Goodell To Meet With Players In Bounty Scandal** 
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell plans to meet with the four players associated with the Saints' bounty scandal who had their suspensions lifted by an appeals panel just before the start of the season. Goodell will meet with Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove. [] Monday, Sept. 10

!**Roethlisberger Says He Would Miss Game For Child's Birth**The wife of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is set to have the couple's first child sometime this fall, and Roethlisberger said he's not going to miss the birth of his child. "There's no chance," Roethlisberger said. "I know some fans probably don't want to hear that, but there's no chance." [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

!**Rookie Gordon Leaning On Little** 
Rookie wide receiver Josh Gordon is finding himself leaning on fellow wideout Greg Little. Gordon joined the Browns in the supplemental draft after not playing college football last season, similar to Little's situation when he was suspended for his final college season at North Carolina. []

!Bengals Tied To Modell's Legacy 
Art Modell owned the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens, but the Cincinnati Bengals are also tied into his legacy. Modell fired coach Paul Brown in 1962 and Brown went on to found the expansion Cincinnati Bengals. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

!**Johnson Says Jets Are 'Deadly Serious'** 
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson says that his team doesn't deserve the "circus" label some have given them and that "we're deadly serious here." Johnson also expressed confidence in Head Coach Rex Ryan and General Manager Mike Tannenbaum heading into the season. []

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