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Required Reading: Links to the Best in AFC North Coverage, 8/23 Edition

Andrea HangstContributor IIAugust 23, 2012

Today's AFC North Required Reading includes Courtney Upshaw still needing to fight for a starting job, a verbal battle between Browns head coach Pat Shurmur and one of their defensive stars, and more surgery for the Steelers.


Baltimore Ravens

Matt Zenitz of the Carroll County Times reports that Albert McClellan is pushing Courtney Upshaw to take the Baltimore Ravens' starting rush linebacker job.

Roster cuts come next week, and Bleacher Report's Phil Gentile gives us his prediction of what the Ravens' 53-man roster will look like this season.


Cincinnati Bengals

Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com takes a closer look at defensive end Jamaal Anderson, who has been starting in the preseason in place of the injured Carlos Dunlap.

Ethan Arnold of Bleacher Report provides us with his five bold predictions for the Bengals' upcoming season.


Cleveland Browns

Wednesday marked the final day of Cleveland Browns' training camp, and as Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports, it was an eventful one.

Cornerback Joe Haden was taken off the field after playing too hard and taking down wide receiver Travis Benjamin, resulting in a brief exchange of words between Haden and head coach Pat Shurmur.

Bleacher Report's Gary Davenport weighs all of the options that Browns backup quarterback Colt McCoy has this year to determine which would be his best course of action.


Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Casey Hampton was activated off the PUP list last week. He had been recovering from ACL surgery but also suspiciously had been favoring his left elbow.

Hampton admitted on Wednesday he had a procedure on the elbow but still expects to be ready to play come Week 1 of the regular season.

Gary Davenport makes his second appearance on this morning's links, this time breaking down what the return of erstwhile wide receiver Mike Wallace will mean to the Steelers and their offense.


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