AFC Notes: Bengals, Browns, Ravens, Steelers

     

Bengals

  • Per the Athletic’s Jay Morrison, Bengals DT Renell Wren had to be carted out of practice with an apparently severe injury. 
  • Bengals WR A.J. Green appeared to tweak his hamstring midway through practice and spent the rest of the time observing. (Tyler Dragon)
  • Bengals HC Zac Taylor said Green told him he was held out as a precaution. The team will continue to monitor him. Green hasn’t played since 2018. (Ben Baby)
  • Bengals WR Mike Thomas was the third starting receiver in practice Monday with both John Ross and second-round rookie Tee Higgins out. (Baby)

Browns

  • Per Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon-Journal, Browns DE Olivier Vernon said he understands the business side of the game but was happy to be able to restructure and return in 2020. 
  • Browns RB Nick Chubb is being evaluated for a potential concussion after leaving practice early Monday, according to the team. (Scott Petrak)
  • Browns fifth-round C Nick Harris has been working with the first-team at center and is also a candidate to start at right guard: “It’s a great opportunity to be thrown in the fire. That’s how you learn the best, going against the best.” (Petrak)

Ravens

  • NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport says it doesn’t sound like the Ravens will have any interest in WR Antonio Brown given the organization’s domestic violence history with RB Ray Rice, despite working out veteran WR Dez Bryant.
  • A source pointed out to ESPN’s Ed Werder that Bryant was high on Baltimore’s draft board in 2010 and was the planned pick before Dallas traded up ahead of them in the first round. 
  • Per ESPN’s Jamison Hensley, Ravens CB Iman Marshall tore his ACL and LCL and will undergo season-ending surgery. 
  • Ravens WR Chris Moore broke his finger and will miss some time, per Harbaugh, while EDGE Jaylon Ferguson and DT Brandon Williams should be back after a few days with minor injuries. (Zrebiec)

Steelers

  • Per ESPN’s Brooke Pryor, Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster didn’t have much to say about his contract status. He’s entering the final year of his rookie deal: “That’s between my agent and the Steelers. At the end of the day, I’m just here to play ball. I’m not going to be the kind of guy that sits out and waits, regardless if there’s a contract or not.”
  • Steelers DL Cameron Heyward also didn’t have any updates, saying there hasn’t been anything from the team on a new deal: “Honestly there’s no new updates. I think we’re in the third week of camp. Nothing of any substance. Y’all know where I stand. I want to be a Pittsburgh Steeler. I want to lead this team to a Super Bowl, but we’ll see where we are.” (Pryor)
  • Heyward would like to finish his career in Pittsburgh but he says it’s not up to him: “I love being a Pittsburgh Steeler, but it takes two to tango. I love being here, but we’ll just have to see what happens. There’s a couple more weeks to the season, all I can focus on is what I can control and we’ll leave it at that.” (Pryor)
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