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AFC North and NFL Roundup: Week of Sept. 24-28


Thursday, Sept. 27

!Harrison Suffers Another Setback Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison has suffered a setback in the recovery of his surgically repaired left knee. He participated in Tuesday's full practice, but the knee responded adversely and he left the team's facility yesterday. His hope now is to return for the Steelers game on Oct. 7. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

!**Browns Prepare To Face Ravens' Hurry-Up** 
The Cleveland Browns spent this week getting ready for the Ravens new no-huddle offense, led by quarterback Joe Flacco. "The [no-huddle] is always a little strain on the defense, but if you line up and you're prepared, they'll stop going to it," Browns safety T.J. Ward said. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

!Johnson Having Breakout Season 
Defensive lineman Michael Johnson is having a breakout season through the first three games of the 2012 season. He was the AFC's Defensive Player of the Week following a three sack performance in Sunday's win over the Redskins, which is the most sacks by a Bengal since the 2009 season. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

!**NFL, Officials Reach Deal** 
The NFL and the referees reached a labor agreement late Wednesday night, ending a lockout that has been in place since the preseason. The regular officials will work this week's game, including Thursday night's Ravens-Browns matchup. [] Wednesday, Sept. 26

!Steelers Becoming Predictable On Defense The Pittsburgh Steelers are becoming predictable on defense, according to a number of Raiders players who said that quarterback Carson Palmer recognized Pittsburgh's defense based on his familiarity from his time in Cincinnati. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

!**Richardson Looking Forward To Facing Lewis** 
Cleveland Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson says that he's looking forward to facing Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis Thursday night in Baltimore. The rookie said that he's not going to back down from Lewis when he the linebacker goes to make a big hit. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

!Nelson Returns To Where Career Started 
Cincinnati's starting safety Reggie Nelson will return to Jacksonville this weekend, which is where his NFL career began after the Jaguars made him their first-round pick in 2007. Nelson lasted three season in Jacksonville before coming to the Bengals in 2010, where he has earned a starting job. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

!**President Obama Speaks Out On Refs** 
President Barack Obama spoke out about the ongoing labor dispute between the NFL and the referees. I've been saying for months we've got to get our refs back,'' Obama said yesterday. He also tweeted about it yesterday, saying that fans hope the lockout is resolved soon. [] Tuesday, Sept. 25

!New Offense Clicking So Far With the arrival of new offensive coordinator Todd Haley this offseason, much of the focus coming into the Steelers was placed squarely on the offense. Three games into the year, the group seems to be licking just fine, as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is coming off a four-touchdown performance. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

!**Shurmur Comes Down On Little** 
Cleveland Browns Head Coach Pat Shurmur came down on wide receiver Greg Little for some of his recent antics during Sunday's game. Little once again struggled with drops, but struck a "Usain Bolt" post after making routine catches in a losing effort. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

!Bengals Offense In Rare Form 
The Cincinnati Bengals are one of the best offensive teams in the NFL after the first three games of the season. Andy Dalton and AJ Green look comfortable in their second seasons, and the Bengals have jumped out to a 2-1 start after dropping the opener in Baltimore. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

!**Controversial Call Ends Monday Night Football** 
The Seattle Seahawks took down the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football thanks to the aid of a controversial call at the end of the game. The Seahawks were given a touchdown on a Hail Mary pass at the end of the game, allow the ball clearly looked to be intercepted by the Packers.[]

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