AFC North Notes: Browns, Ravens, Steelers

   

Browns

  • Browns LB Christian Kirksey said of his chest injury/whether he’ll have surgery: “I’m still talking to some people about what’s the best solution. So that’s really where I’m at right now.” (Nate Ulrich)
  • When asked if he’ll be able to return this season, Kirksey replied: “I can’t make no predictions.”
  • The Cleveland Browns officially ruled out T Kendall Lamm (knee) for Week 4 and list S Morgan Burnett (quadricep), WR Rashard Higgins (knee), T Christopher Hubbard (foot), S Sheldrick Redwine (hamstring), CB Denzel Ward (hamstring), and CB Greedy Williams (hamstring) as questionable. 

Ravens

  • Ravens HC John Harbaugh on said of TE Mark Andrews: “He plans on being out there playing.” (Jamison Hensley)
  • Regarding his foot injury, Andrews said: “These trainers have an idea for me to come out Sunday and be 100 percent. I’m well on my way there.” (Jamison Hensley)
  • Andrews added that he’s confident he’ll play on Sunday, despite only practicing Friday: “I’m feeling good and I’m excited to play the Browns.” (Jamison Hensley)
  • The Baltimore Ravens officially ruled out LB Otaro Alaka (hamstring), CB Jimmy Smith (knee), and S Brynden Trawick (elbow) for Week 4 and list TE Mark Andrews (foot) and CB Marlon Humphrey (hamstring) as questionable. 

Steelers

Steelers OC Randy Fichtner stressed the importance of continuing to take shots down the field on offense. 

“We were able to go down the field early,” Fichtner said, per Josh Rowntree. “You’ve got to throw them. You’ve got to throw it. You’ve got to attempt to throw it there.”

Steelers QB Mason Rudolph admits he could have been more aggressive in doing so against the 49ers last week. 

“For sure. Opportunities in the first quarter, really the first couple drives, I could’ve been a little more aggressive toward,” Rudolph said, via Steelers.com. “Learning experiences. I’m an aggressive person. That’s who I’ve always been at the quarterback position, so a little unlike me. Mistakes you look forward to cleaning up.

  • Ian Whetstone notes that the Eagles’ decision to release LB L.J. Fort on Friday will likely cost the Steelers a third-round compensatory pick for losing Le’Veon Bell.
  • Whetstone notes that the Steelers could offset this and protect the compensatory pick by releasing WR Donte Moncrief
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    According to Jeremy Fowler, the Steelers placed TE Xavier Grimble on injured reserve because of a torn calf muscle. 

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