Ravens Cornerback Jimmy Smith Undergoes Surgery and More AFC North News

Andrea HangstFeatured Columnist IVNovember 16, 2012

Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith underwent surgery on his groin, the result of suffering a hernia.

While head coach John Harbaugh expects Smith back with the team before the end of the season, it's yet another player lost to injury on defense—the last thing the Ravens need right now.

Smith became a starting Ravens corner after Lardarius Webb's season ended with a torn ACL. Corey Graham will now get the start, with Chykie Brown the nickel corner and newly-added free agent Chris Johnson likely getting playing time immediately.


Baltimore Ravens

Edward Lee of the Baltimore Sun wonders whether Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice can perform as well against the Pittsburgh Steelers this season as he did in the last, with one 100-yard rushing game and another nearly there.

Nick Kostos of Bleacher Report says it's up to Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco's arm to lead the team to a Super Bowl win this year. To do that, Flacco needs to make a leap to the next level, starting this Sunday against the Steelers.


Cincinnati Bengals

Kevin Kelly of the Cincinnati Enquirer examines the recent rise of rookie Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu.

Bleacher Report's David Campbell breaks down the 10 keys to a Bengals win this Sunday over the Kansas City Chiefs.


Cleveland Browns

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden, who missed practice on Thursday with an oblique injury he suffered in practice earlier in the week, may not be able to play against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Josh Zerkle and the Bleacher Report's NFL team preview the Browns' Week 11 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys and provide their predictions.


Pittsburgh Steelers

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says that Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley will indeed tweak his playbook for new starting quarterback Byron Leftwich, who takes the field this week in place of the injured Ben Roethlisberger.

On Roethlisberger's injury, Adam Wells of Bleacher Report says the quarterback should not rush back, considering the serious nature of his dislocated rib.