Max Starks Wins Steelers' Starting Left Tackle Job and More AFC North News

Andrea HangstFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 4, 2012

So much for Mike Adams—at least for now. The Pittsburgh Steelers have chosen instead to start veteran Max Starks at left tackle in Sunday's upcoming season opener against the Denver Broncos, reports Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Adams had been shaky in the preseason, looking sharper in run-blocking than in pass protection. It's a hard position to master, however, and this doesn't preclude Adams from winning the job back in the future.


Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens are still trying to iron out who will be their long-term starter at left offensive guard. Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun believes that person should be rookie Kelechi Osemele, after proving himself more than capable in the preseason.

Kyle Casey of Bleacher Report breaks down the Ravens' practice squad, a group which includes former Pittsburgh Steelers backup quarterback Dennis Dixon.


Cincinnati Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals chose to keep seven wide receivers on their 53-man roster, but Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer wonders whether the seventh on that list, Ryan Whalen, will even play this season.

Bleacher Report's Matt Gray grades the Bengals' entire 53-man roster.


Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Browns team president Mike Holmgren revealed on 92.3 The Fan that cornerback Joe Haden has already been suspended by the NFL and is currently appealing that suspension, reports Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Timothy Tripp of Bleacher Report wonders what the Browns' identity will be this season.


Pittsburgh Steelers

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports on Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace's first official day back practicing with the team.

Bleacher Report's Mike Batista takes a look at every Steelers rookie now that the preseason has wrapped.