AFC Notes: Bengals, Browns, Ravens

     

Bengals

  • Per Tyler Dragon of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Bengals K Randy Bullock wasn’t giving himself a pass for missing the game-tying field goal because of a pulled muscle during the kick: “For whatever reason during the kicking motion, my left calf just grabbed real hard, so obviously that’s not an excuse. That’s a kick that I make 99 times out of 100. It was a freak deal. I let the team down.” 
  • According to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero, a source termed Bullock’s calf injury “nothing serious” but with a short week coming up before Week 2’s Thursday night game against the Browns, Cincinnati will have a backup plan. 

Browns

Browns QB Baker Mayfield was looking on the bright side after his team’s 38-6 defeat to the Baltimore Ravens. 

“Sometimes a wakeup call is pretty good for everybody — a nice punch in the mouth, and that is how we should take it,” Mayfield said via Cleveland.com. “We should not dwell on it, realize that we just got beat today, they played better than us, look at it, get better, move on and go play the Bengals. That is all we can do.”

  • BrownsZone.com’s Scott Petrak doesn’t think the Browns extended RB Kareem Hunt to put pressure on starting RB Nick Chubb. However, it does give Cleveland flexibility as Chubb will be up for an extension next year. 
  • Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot reports that X-rays on Browns first-round LT Jedrick Wills‘ leg injury came back negative. Cabot says Wills will likely undergo an MRI on Monday just to be on the safe side.
  • Browns HC Kevin Stefanski said it’s too early to tell if Wills can return in time for Thursday night’s game against the Bengals. (Petrak)

Ravens

  • Per ESPN’s Jamison Hensley, Ravens HC John Harbaugh acknowledged C Matt Skura isn’t 100 percent right now, but the fact that he’s playing at all after the knee injury he had last November is remarkable. 
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