Required Reading: Links to the Best in AFC North Coverage, 8/20 Edition

Andrea HangstFeatured Columnist IVAugust 20, 2012

Today's AFC North Required Reading includes another look at the Ravens' kicker battle, the return of Dre Kirkpatrick to the Bengals' practice field, a new injury to a Steelers linebacker and what Colt McCoy would like his future to look like.


Baltimore Ravens

Matt Zenitz of the Carroll County Times breaks down the problems the Baltimore Ravens have had in the pass rush through their first two preseason games.

Bleacher Report's Michael Peiris looks at the battle between Ravens kickers Billy Cundiff and Justin Tucker and wonders if Tucker is in the lead.


Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that rookie cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick is back at practice and will play in next week's game against the Indianapolis Colts. This was Kirkpatrick's first practice since mandatory minicamp.

Bleacher Report's Chris Roling breaks down everything we've learned about the Bengals through two preseason games.


Cleveland Browns

Though rumors continue to fly about the Cleveland Browns wanting to trade quarterback Colt McCoy, McCoy tells Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he's committed to his team and has no interest in leaving.

Todd Edwards of Bleacher Report breaks down the five biggest takeaways of the Browns' preseason Week 2 win over the Green Bay Packers.


Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers' linebacking corps suffered another injury over the weekend, with Stevenson Sylvester set to miss three to four weeks with a torn MCL.

We're just seven days away from the first round of mandatory roster cuts around the league. Nick DeWitt of Bleacher Report gives us his predictions for the Steelers' final 53-man roster.