AFC Notes: Bengals, Colts, Steelers

     

Bengals

  • Tom Pelissero reports that the Bengals will reassess WR A.J. Green this coming week and have no plans to shut him down as of now. Green’s ankle swelled up on him this week. 
  • According to Ian Rapoport, LT Cordy Glenn (concussion) is still taking scout-team reps and is not at a point where he can play. Rapoport says it remains unclear when or if Glenn will play again. 

Colts

  • Colts HC Frank Reich said the decision to deactivate QB Jacoby Brissett on Sunday came after watching the tape on Friday. He thought Brissett was only at 80 percent. (Joel A. Erickson)
  • Reich said he never thought of benching Brian Hoyer in favor of Chad Kelly, despite the team’s struggles. (Kevin Bowen)
  • Regarding K Adam Vinatieri, Reich said they plan to evaluate everyone on their roster: “We’d been committed to him, but like everybody. … we’re going to always evaluate. Everyone gets measured, everyone’s held accountable. From top to bottom, that’s always the case. Nothing meant to read into that, that’s just the reality. There’s been no discussions about that, no discussions between Chris (Ballard) and I, that’s just the business.” (Joel A. Erickson)

Steelers

  • Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that the Dolphins were originally offering veteran S Reshad Jones to the Steelers at the start of the season with Pittsburgh being in the market for secondary help.
  • However, the Steelers strongly preferred Minkah Fitzpatrick, who they believed could play a “centerfielder” type role for them and cover lots of ground while disrupting the passing game.
  • At the time, the Dolphins told the Steelers Fitzpatrick was unlikely to be dealt before later mentioning that they would trade him if a first-round pick was included, According to La Canfora, multiple teams were willing to meet that price, but Miami believed Pittsburgh’s pick would end up being the highest.
  • Many questioned the Steelers trading away a future first-round pick in a year in which their starting quarterback is out for the season, but Fitzpatrick has proven to be a good addition for Pittsburgh. A team source tells La Canfora of the move: “It’s changed the entire defense, really.

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