AFC North Notes: Bengals, Browns, Ravens


Bengals WR A.J. Green says the team’s record won’t factor into his return date.

“Everybody knows what type of guy I am,” Green said, via “I’m not going to fake anything. I’m not going to milk anything. When I’m ready to play, you know it’s time for me to go. It doesn’t matter what the record (is). Nobody can hold me back when it’s time to play.”

  • Bengals HC Zac Taylor didn’t rule out Green playing this week against the Rams but added he needed to see Green practice in full before clearing him to play. (Geoff Hobson)


  • Per’s Mary Kay Cabot, Browns HC Freddie Kitchens says the team is considering changes along the offensive line but will announce them later: “We had several guys getting reps at different positions today and we’re not ready to say anything yet.”
  • Browns LT Greg Robinson has put himself in the discussion to be benched with his play so far this season. Browns OL Justin McCray says he’s one of the players to work at left tackle this week. (Nate Ulrich)
  • Kitchens said he’d be confident in McCray at any position on the line: “Justin’s very versatile. He can go in and play all five spots. He even snapped the ball some today. If he were to go out there at (left) tackle I’d have total confidence in him.” (Cabot)
  • Browns QB Baker Mayfield rested his hip over the bye week and returned to practice in full this week per Kitchens: “He’s good to go. Threw well, moved around well.” (Scott Petrak)
  • The Browns tired out Drew Belcher, Ukeme Eligwe, Tyree Mayfield, Montrel Meander, Silas Stewart and Kyle Wilson on Wednesday. (Aaron Wilson)


  • NBC Sports’ Peter King reports the Ravens had two other prospective deals for cornerbacks they would have pivoted to had they been unable to close the deal with the Rams for CB Marcus Peters
  • Ravens HC John Harbaugh is “very optimistic” first-round rookie WR Marquise Brown, CB Jimmy Smith and LB Patrick Onwuasor will return after the bye week. (Jamison Hensley)
  • Harbaugh confirmed the team released CB Justin Bethel because of the compensatory pick formula. The move should net Baltimore a fourth-round compensatory pick, though Harbaugh said Bethel had been playing like one of the best special teamers in the league: “That’s going to be a blow.” (Hensley)

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