AFC North Notes: Bengals, Browns, Ravens, Steelers


Bengals C Billy Price was drafted in the first round just last year by Cincinnati. This week, Price found out this week he’d been replaced at starting center by former undrafted free agent Trey Hopkins and had also failed to win the starting left guard spot over fourth-round rookie Michael Jordan.

“It’s the day that you thought would never happen, but it happened,” Price said via Geoff Hobson of the official team website. 

Price is no stranger to adversity, as a torn pectoral muscle during the NFL Combine last year limited his rookie season to 10 games. He’s been battling a foot injury that has limited him, but he’s taking the demotion in stride. 

“It’s going to continue to help develop this team and the offensive line,” Price said. “You can sit there and sulk and be upset with yourself and go “get a bottle of whiskey and put yourself in a dark, dirty hole,” or you can get out here and practice and try to get better at the things you need to improve on get fully healthy and help this team. Because that’s what this is about. It’s about helping this team in whatever direction, whatever way, whatever facet I can.”

  • Bengals undrafted rookie free agent WR Damion Willis will get the starting nod in Week 1 in the absence of WR A.J. Green
  • Bengals WR John Ross practiced Sunday for the first time this preseason while dealing with a hamstring injury. Ross is hoping he can make it back in time for Week 1 in Seattle: “We’ll find out. I’ve never missed this much camp.”
  • Bengals CB Darqueze Dennard is a candidate to start the season on the PUP list, which will keep him out six games, as he recovers from a spring knee scope. (Jay Morrison)


  • According to’s Mary Kay Cabot, Browns WR Odell Beckham returned to practice and participated fully in team drills after banging up his hip. He should be well on track for Week 1. 
  • Browns undrafted rookie S J.T. Hassell has been fined $28,075 for unnecessary roughness by the NFL for a hit during the Week 2 preseason game against the Colts, per Nate Ulrich.
  • Browns TE Seth DeValve is a name that’s come up in trade talks. (Albert Breer)


  • According to’s Aaron Kasinitz, the Ravens will evaluate QB Trace McSorley primarily as a quarterback when it comes to deciding if he’ll make the final roster.
  • McSorley has worked some on special teams, but that likely would play a bigger role in conversations about being active on gameday than it would actually making the roster, per Ravens HC John Harbaugh.
  •’s Mike Kaye notes the Eagles could look at a trade for either Ravens TE Charles Scarff or WR Jaleel Scott, with LBs Alex Singleton or T.J. Edwards potential options to swap with Baltimore. 


Steelers QB Mason Rudolph was the first quarterback off the bench during Pittsburgh’s Week 3 preseason game against the Titans. The third preseason game is often seen as the dress rehearsal for the regular season, so that would seem to indicate Rudolph is the No. 2 quarterback. Rudolph says not so fast, however. 

“We switch it up every week, so I don’t read anything into it,” Rudolph said via the Athletic’s Mark Kaboly. “When I am out there, I want to produce and do well and that’s the stuff I read into.”

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