Required Reading: Links to the Best in AFC North Coverage, 7/31 Edition
Today's AFC North Required Reading includes the latest major injury at Ravens training camp, early struggles for Andy Dalton in Cincinnati, signs of improvement for one player at Browns camp and why the Steelers will not extend Emmanuel Sanders' contract any time soon.
Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta may have broken his hand in camp on Monday. Pitta will undergo an MRI on Tuesday, but if it is indeed broken, he'll need surgery and will miss the rest of training camp and the preseason as a result.
Also from the Baltimore Sun, Mike Preston points out the Ravens' defensive struggles in stopping the run and whether or not they can improve that area of their game this year.
Mike Fast of Bleacher Report debunks the three biggest myths about the Baltimore Ravens this year, including whether or not their defense really is all that old.
Jeff Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer says that Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton looked off to a slow start after this first weekend of training camp practices, with A.J. Green the only receiver Dalton could hit deep with any consistency.
The Cincinnati Enquirer's Kevin Kelly breaks down Monday's practices and notes that both wide receiver Jordan Shipley and cornerback Nate Clements have returned from their respective injuries and practiced in full pads.
Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron has continuously showed signs of improvement in this year's training camp, according to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal.
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Sigmund Bloom of Bleacher Report wonders if the sale of the Browns will in any way affect the development of quarterback Brandon Weeden.
Dave Bryan of Steelers Depot says it's not likely the Pittsburgh Steelers will extend wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders' contract before the start of the season as they recently did with Antonio Brown.
Bleacher Report's Chris G., who has been on the ground in Latrobe, Pa. observing the Steelers' training camp, says that new offensive coordinator Todd Haley is doing a good job at developing the offense's identity.
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