No James Harrison or Troy Polamalu for Pittsburgh and More AFC North News
It appears that the Pittsburgh Steelers will yet again be without linebacker James Harrison when they host the New York Jets on Sunday, reports Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Harrison, who had knee surgery during the summer, has yet to be healthy enough to take the field.
Bouchette also reports that strong safety Troy Polamalu could also be out against the Jets; he did not practice either Wednesday or Thursday and offensive coordinator Dick LeBeau's Thursday comments sounded like Polamalu will be shelved. Polamalu has a calf injury.
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Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Baltimore Ravens kick and punt return duties will continue being tweaked during the season. Presently, punt returns will be split between receiver Jacoby Jones and cornerback Lardarius Webb; receiver Deonte Thompson has been returning kicks, but special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg says that the job isn't solely his.
Shawn Brubaker of Bleacher Report wonders how well the Ravens' offense will handle the Philadelphia Eagles' pass rush this Sunday.
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Though the Cincinnati Bengals were outperformed in practically every way by the Ravens in Week 1, the Cincinnati Enquirer's Kevin Goheen saw one bright spot: their short-yardage run game, which was an area of weakness in 2011.
David Campbell of Bleacher Report breaks down the four keys to a Bengals victory over the Cleveland Browns this Sunday.
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Jodie Valade of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Cleveland Browns cornerback Dimitri Patterson is confident he can fill in for the suspended Joe Haden and perform at a high level.
Amy Dittoe of Bleacher Report gives us her keys to a Browns victory over the Bengals this week.
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Mark Belcoe of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Steelers will be adding 3,000 seats at Heinz Field, funded by a $1 surcharge to season-ticket holders and a $2 to $3 added parking fee.
Much media attention has been paid to the New York Jets, the Steelers' opponent this Sunday, considering all of the boasting, bluster and alleged dysfunction coming out of their locker room. However, Dan Levy of Bleacher Report says it's the Steelers and not the Jets who need to shut up and win a game.
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