AFC Notes: Bengals, Ravens, Steelers


  • The Athletic’s Jay Morrison notes Bengals OL Billy Price could be in line to start at right guard this week, as he’s made relief appearances each of the past two weeks. While penalties have been an issue, he’s also had some key blocks. 
  • Morrison writes Fred Johnson has now been benched twice and didn’t live up to expectations to compete for the starting right tackle spot, so he’s falling behind in the pecking order.
  • He also adds the Bengals are extremely high on sixth-round OT Hakeem Adeniji and OC Brian Callahan is confident he could step in at guard if needed: “It’s realistic. Hakeem is a guy that has impressed when given the opportunity. He had a good solid camp. He’s still a young player that has very, very limited reps. He got a little bit of taste as the big tight end the last couple games. He got a handful of reps, not many, but he’s gotten in the game, gotten in the action. Feel the speed a little bit.”
  • Callahan also noted the team was happy to get G Keaton Sutherland back after losing him off waivers to the Dolphins last year and practice squad G Alex Redmond has starting experience.
  • The Cincinnati Bengals hosted LB Kendall Donnerson, OT John Leglue and OT Timon Parris for workouts on Tuesday. (Albert Breer)


Billed as the game of the year, the Ravens once again fell flat on the big stage in Monday night’s 34-20 loss to the Chiefs. Ravens QB Lamar Jackson set a new career-low with under a hundred yards passing and called the Chiefs Baltimore’s “kryptonite” after the loss moved him to 0-3 all-time against Kansas City. Before Monday the two teams were seen as the class of the AFC and possibly the league. But Ravens HC John Harbaugh said after the game it’s clear who the better team is right now. 

“They beat us. They out-executed us. They out-game-planned us. They just beat us,” Harbaugh said via ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. “That’s the story tonight. Big-picture stuff, all of that, I don’t know. They’re better, obviously. They’re a better football team at this point in time.”


  • According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the NFL is still hoping to play the Steelers/Titans game as scheduled on Sunday. However, one contingency is to move the game to Monday night to allow for further testing and contact tracing. 
  • Dianna Russini reports that both Monday and Tuesday are in play for the Steelers vs. Titans games.
  • Another factor regarding the game, according to Russini, is when the Titans are able to get back in their building and practice.
  • Steelers HC Mike Tomlin told reporters that FB Derek Watt is doubtful to play in Week 4 and Marcus Allen is also doubtful with plantar fasciitis. (Brooke Pryor)
  • Tomlin added that WR Diontae Johnson is in the concussion protocol. (Brooke Pryor)

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