Browns Could Rest Trent Richardson Thru Week 10 and More AFC North News

Andrea HangstFeatured Columnist IVOctober 24, 2012

On Tuesday, ESPN NFL analyst Ed Werder suggested that the Cleveland Browns may choose to sit running back Trent Richardson until after their Week 10 bye. Werder believes that Richardson's rib cartilage injury is serious and was re-aggravated in last week's loss to the Indianapolis Colts and that if he isn't rested now, he may be affected by it for the remainder of the season.

Werder also said, "There's internal conflict about shutting him down, though, because Pat Shurmur the coach has to win some games here. They've only got one victory and Jimmy Haslam the new owner says he wants a stronger finish if he's going to bring back the coaching staff."

Clearly, there are some issues the Browns need to resolve in the coming days. The question is whether shutting down Richardson would really hinder their ability to win considering that he'd be playing in significant pain.


Baltimore Ravens

Matt Vensel of the Baltimore Sun takes a look at the workload Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has gotten so far this season.

David Kenyon of Bleacher Report gives us four members of the Ravens defense who need to step up their games.


Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer spoke to rookie Cincinnati Bengals receiver Mohamed Sanu about being given the opportunity to showcase his talent as the team's No. 2 receiver, a spot that's again apparently wide open and for the taking.

Chris Roling of Bleacher Report examines Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton's throwing form now that the season is halfway through.


Cleveland Browns

On Tuesday, Cleveland Browns team president Mike Holmgren gave what amounted to a farewell press conference. Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reflects on the Holmgren Era and how it failed to build momentum from its brighter moments.

Bleacher Report's Jessica Isner tells us what Browns receiver Josh Gordon's performance last week means for his future.


Pittsburgh Steelers

Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette gives us the latest on the Pittsburgh Steelers' injured players: Safety Troy Polamalu and tackle Marcus Gilbert will not be playing against the Redskins on Sunday, while it appears center Maurkice Pouncey will. 

Joseph Bruno of Bleacher Report presents six ways the Steelers can turn their season around.