AFC Notes: Bengals, Browns, Ravens, Steelers



  • According to the Athletic’s Paul Dehner Jr., Bengals QB Joe Burrow is believed to be looking at a nine-month recovery to rehab his torn ACL and MCL following knee surgery, which would allow him to return to play in 2021. 
  • NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero says the Bengals anticipate Burrow being ready around the start of next season.
  • Bengals HC Zac Taylor said as much publicly: “We expect him to have surgery and rehab and full recovery and be ready for the 2021 season.” (Dehner)
  • However, Taylor didn’t specify if Burrow would be ready for the start of the season. (Jay Morrison)


  • Per Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon-Journal, Browns DE Myles Garrett will remain on the COVID-19 list this week and miss Week 12 against the Jaguars. 
  • Browns S Ronnie Harrison avoided a major knee injury and is just day-to-day with a bone bruise. (Jeremy Fowler)


For a moment, the Ravens looked like they would exorcise the demons from their upset playoff loss last season at the hands of the Titans. Baltimore took a 21-10 lead in the third quarter but Tennessee fought back and ended up winning the game in overtime, 30-24. Ravens QB Lamar Jackson said by the end, it just looked like the Titans had more desire. 

“It looked like that team wanted it more than us,” Jackson said via Clifton Brown of the team’s official website. “They were playing physical. When we went up, I felt like we just took our foot off the gas. But we just have to keep it going for the team.”


With a 27-3 win against the Jaguars, the Steelers extended their best start in team history to 10-0. That puts a perfect season within reach but that’s not the focus of the team. 

“We’re not chasing perfection in terms of a perfect 16-0,” Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger said via Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “We’re chasing Lombardis. That’s the most important thing for us.”

  • Steelers TE Vance McDonald is scheduled to come off the COVID-19 list this week and could be available as the No. 2 tight end Thursday. (Ray Fittipaldo)
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