Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth is apparently still upset about the fight Oakland Raiders players started with him in his team's Week 12 win, reports Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Whitworth, along with Raiders players Lamarr Houston and Tommy Kelly were all ejected from that game for fighting, called the players "cowards" for their actions—the fight began when the Raiders defenders hit Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton after a play and Whitworth stepped in to keep him protected.
Whitworth won't be suspended for the incident, but he does expect a fine from the league.
Baltimore Ravens defensive end Pernell McPhee, who has missed games this season due to knee and thigh injuries, is hoping that shedding some weight will help him regain some of his quickness, reports Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. McPhee is working on individual drills during practice and hopes to be healthy enough to play before the season wraps.
Greg Miletic of Bleacher Report says that once Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is ready to return to action this season, he will make their defense better despite the criticism of his play earlier this year.
The Cincinnati Bengals removed center Kyle Cook from the injured reserve/designated to return list on Wednesday, making him free to begin practicing, reports Kevin Kelly of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Cook, who injured his ankle in the preseason and hasn't played a down since, could be ready to go for the team's Week 14 meeting against the Dallas Cowboys.
Bleacher Report's Chris Roling discusses the odds the Bengals have of making it into the playoffs this season.
ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi scouts the Oakland Raiders, the Cleveland Browns' next opponent.
Josh Zerkle and Bleacher Report's NFL crew break down the play of the rookie quarterbacks through 12 weeks, Cleveland's Brandon Weeden included.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did some light throwing in practice on Wednesday—emphasis on the word "light"—but it doesn't appear he's ready to start this week, according to Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Bleacher Report's Zach Kruse wonders whether Roethlisberger's eventual return will be enough to save the Steelers' playoff hopes.
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