AFC North Notes: Bengals, Browns, Steelers



Bengals OT Jake Fisher has received full medical clearance after undergoing heart surgery seven months ago and was a full participant in Tuesday’s practice.

I was able to get out there and put my best foot forward and just keep getting better and knock some rust off,” Fisher said, via Laurel Pfahler of ESPN. “I’ve been trying to get back, so it’s been a process, but you’ve got to understand and trust your trainers, your coaches and what they decide for you. Ultimately, it’s not necessarily up to me what I want to do. There’s a plan and I’ve got to stick to it.”


Browns OC Todd Haley admitted that this is likely a “make-or-break year” for former first-round WR Corey Coleman.

“He’s been out here working,” Haley said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I’ve seen him every day. He understands this is a big, big year in his career. Year three is usually the make-or-break year of what kind of you’re going to be. I’ve made that clear to him. He understands it, and he’s working hard accordingly to try to be the best that he can be.”

Coleman’s name has come up in trade rumors this offseason, so he’s worth watching during training camp and the preseason as being available.

  • JW Johnson, the son-in-law of owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam, is being hired as the Browns new executive vice president. (WKYC)


  • Mark Kaboly of the Athletic reports that the Steelers and franchise RB Le’Veon Bell still haven’t had any talks regarding a long-term extension. The deadline for teams to sign franchise players to extensions is July 16.The Steelers have moved Bud Dupree to right outside linebacker and T.J. Watt to the left side. Steelers DC Keith Butler explained that Dupree’s has chase-down ability, which is more effective on the blind side while Watt’s discipline will help on the left. (Jeremy Fowler)

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