Required Reading: Links to the Best in AFC North Coverage, 8/13 Edition
Today's AFC North Required Reading includes more injuries to Bengals' starters, an update on Bryant McKinnie's chances to regain his spot as the Ravens' starting left tackle, a fight breaking out at Steelers' training camp and a number of Browns players needing to step things up.
Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that Ravens left tackle Bryant McKinnie's weight is going down and that he anticipates regaining his job with the starting offensive line soon.
One player just hoping to make the Ravens' final roster is undrafted rookie wideout Deonte Thompson. Bleacher Report's Kyle Casey makes the case for why the team must hold on to him.
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The Cincinnati Bengals played well in their preseason opener, but that was overshadowed by the multitude of injuries they sustained. Starting right guard Travelle Wharton will miss the entire season with a knee injury and will be replaced by Clint Boling. Defensive end Carlos Dunlap will miss four weeks with a right knee sprain, and running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis will not play in this week's preseason game as he deals with a sore foot.
Bleacher Report's Chris Roling points out the winners and losers for the Cincinnati Bengals now that training camp is more than halfway through and the first preseason game is in the books.
It's time for Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon to step up, reports Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Starter Mohamed Massaquoi is currently sidelined with a concussion, so Gordon may be with the first team in this week's preseason contest against the Green Bay Packers.
Mike Hoag, Jr., of Bleacher Report details seven Cleveland Browns who will have to push harder now that linebacker Chris Gocong is out for the season with a torn Achilles tendon.
Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown and cornerback Ike Taylor were involved in their second fight of training camp over the weekend, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Gerry Dulac.
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