Ben Roethlisberger to Start for Steelers on Sunday and More AFC North News

Andrea HangstFeatured Columnist IVDecember 6, 2012

According to Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Ben Roethlisberger will be the starting quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday when the team hosts the San Diego Chargers.

Roethlisberger has missed the last three games with a shoulder and rib injury, but was on track to start this week as long as he threw long passes with ease in practice on Wednesday. Head coach Mike Tomlin said that Wednesday's practice was "a positive day" for Roethlisberger, and that "he made all the necessary throws." Barring a setback, this means Roethlisberger will be under center on Sunday.


Baltimore Ravens

Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis returned to practice on Wednesday. Though he isn't eligible to play this week against the Washington Redskins, the hope is he'll be ready to go for next week's Denver Broncos contest.

Ian Hanford of Bleacher Report provides the latest on another injured Ravens linebacker, Terrell Suggs, who is suffering from a torn biceps. Suggs may indeed play against the Redskins on Sunday.


Cincinnati Bengals

Because of an injury to Mike Nugent's calf, the Cincinnati Bengals had to try out three kickers, reports Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer: Josh Brown, Billy Cundiff and Neil Rackers. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Bengals have chosen Brown.

Bleacher Report's Alex Peterman says the Bengals must beware becoming complacent with the playoffs on the line.


Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas says the situation last season between the Browns and then-Browns running back Peyton Hillis was "toxic," according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The Browns face Hills' current team, the Kansas City Chiefs, on Sunday.

Andy McNamara of Bleacher Report breaks down why the Browns will defeat the Chiefs this week and extend their win streak to three.


Pittsburgh Steelers

Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review takes a closer look at what's in store for Steelers cornerbacks Curtis Brown and Cortez Allen this week, with Allen starting in place of the injured Ike Taylor and Brown taking Allen's usual role in the nickel.

Bleacher Report's Mike Batista looks at quarterbacks the Steelers may look to pick up in the later rounds of the draft, in order to go younger at the position and replace the likely-to-retire Charlie Batch.