Terrell Suggs Injures Arm in Loss to Steelers and More AFC North News
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs left Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth quarter with an apparent right arm injury. Suggs told Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun and other assembled media after the game that he'll "be alright," but little is known about the extent or nature of the injury.
Suggs, who missed the first part of the season while recovering from a partial tear of his Achilles tendon in the spring, is the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year and was just starting to get back in the swing of being a pass-rushing force. As of Monday morning, there was no word, with Jeff Zrebiec of the Sun saying it may not be extremely significant but it is still of concern.
The Ravens have been plagued by defensive injuries all season. If they have to lose Suggs yet again for any stretch of time, it's certainly not the ideal situation for a team about to clinch a playoff berth and likely their division.
Kevin Cowherd of the Baltimore Sun says the worst thing about the Baltimore Ravens' loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers was that Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was outplayed by his 37-year-old Steelers counterpart, Charlie Batch. Cowherd says Flacco needs to step up more in big games such as this.
David Daniels of Bleacher Report says the blame should belong to Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, who deserves to be on the hot seat after his questionable play-calling cost Baltimore a chance to beat the Steelers.
Paul Daugherty of the Cincinnati Enquirer finally concedes that certain football cliches are fairly appropriate ways to describe the Cincinnati Bengals' season—especially their ability to overcome.
Matt Gray of Bleacher Report breaks down the role Bengals cornerback and return man Adam Jones has had in his team's successes this season.
Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer says the key to the Cleveland Browns' Sunday win over the Oakland Raiders was to make big plays late in the game—something they otherwise weren't known for doing this season.
Bleacher Report's Amy Dittoe breaks down the Browns' biggest winners and losers from their Week 13 defeat of Oakland.
Gerry Dulac and Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report that despite what other media outlets have said, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was "absolutely not" close to being medically cleared to play against the Ravens on Sunday. It didn't matter, though, with the Charlie Batch-led team defeating their rivals in Baltimore.
In fact, Thomas Galicia of Bleacher Report says that based on how well Batch performed against Baltimore, there's no reason for the Steelers to rush Roethlisberger back.
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