Bernard Pollard Played Super Bowl with 6 Broken Ribs and More AFC North News

Andrea HangstFeatured Columnist IVFebruary 7, 2013

Baltimore Ravens safety Bernard Pollard—a man known for his hard hits and the injuries that have often stemmed from them—is no stranger to injury himself. Over the course of the 2012 season, he broke six ribs and played through each of them.

In the Super Bowl, however, Pollard re-broke all six of those ribs, according to Ryan Mink of It happened on the very first play of the game when he hit San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis and sent Davis, briefly, into the locker room for treatment.


Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin set team postseason records this year, with 22 playoff catches for 380 yards, reports the Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson. The numbers also rank him seventh overall in the NFL for wide receiver playoff performance.

Aaron Nagler and Matt Miller of Bleacher Report discuss the Ravens' needs in the upcoming NFL draft.


Cincinnati Bengals

Cian Fahey at Rant Sports says that the Cincinnati Bengals could pick up a free safety in free agency this year.

Bleacher Report's Kyle Battle hands out positional grades for the Bengals as they head into the offseason.


Cleveland Browns

Former Carolina Panthers running backs coach John Settle will be joining the Cleveland Browns in the same capacity, reports Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Jonathan Munshaw of Bleacher Report takes a look at the quarterbacks the Browns may add to their roster this offseason.


Pittsburgh Steelers

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says that the Pittsburgh Steelers are facing a "March Massacre" that will make last year's purging of players look minor by comparison. Bouchette says that there's a distinct chance they will lose every one of their free agents as well as some veterans in order to get under the salary cap.

Dan Snyder of Bleacher Report breaks down 2013 draft prospects who are perfect fits for the Steelers.