AFC North Notes: Bengals, Browns, Steelers



  • According to ESPN’s Ben Baby, Bengals WR John Ross is expected to start practicing next week. 
  • Bengals HC Zac Taylor says the goal is to get Ross two weeks of practice to get him ready to play Week 1 against the Seahawks. 


  • Browns OL coach James Campen says he’s “100 percent confident” the team’s starting right guard is on the roster, per Nate Ulrich.
  • Browns G Eric Kush worked with the first-team offense again Tuesday. (Ulrich)


The Steelers and CB Joe Haden are continuing to work on a contract extension with the goal of having it done by September 8, the season opener.

“We’re still working on it,” Haden said via the Athletic’s Mark Kaboly. “I’m still optimistic, but you know we still have until Sept. 8. It’s something I want to get done, for sure.”

  • Kaboly says the Steelers will enter the season without extensions for DT Javon Hargrave, S Sean Davis and LB Bud Dupree, who are all entering the final season of their deal. 
  • Haden, 30, says he wants to play until he’s 35 or 36, though he ruled out potentially moving to safety to prolong his career: “I think I’ll stay at corner. If that’s what I have to do? Nah. I like corner. Once they say ‘All right, Joe, you’re like our third corner,’ I think that’s going to be my time.”
  • Steelers RB Jaylen Samuels played some tight end during his time at North Carolina State with current Steelers OC Randy Fichtner, but Fichtner says those days are behind him and Samuels will stay at running back. (Kaboly)
  • Steelers QB Mason Rudolph is slghtly ahead of Joshua Dobbs for the backup spot, per Kaboly. 
  • Kaboly says the Steelers could address their depth at tight end by signing someone like Raiders TE Luke Willson, Eagles TE Will Tye or Falcons TE Logan Paulsen after roster cuts. 
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