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Green won't suffer in more diverse offense
ESPN.com Updated Oct 18, 2013
CINCINNATI -- As the Cincinnati Bengals begin opening up their passing game and directing more balls to more receivers, their star pass-catcher, A.J. Green, should fare better than other receivers who have gone through similar offensive changes on their…Upvote Share Tweet
Quentin Groves not fined for roughing Matthew StaffordLate in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game, with the Lions leading 24-17, Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford threw a third-down incompletion. But the Browns’ celebration was short-lived because Cleveland linebacker Quentin Groves was flagged for roug…Upvote Share TweetThe NFL has confirmed the $31,500 fine handed down to Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for his hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden.Upvote Share TweetThe Green Bay Packers might not have enough players to dress the maximum number of 46 on game day Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.Asked McCarthy if #Packers have to suit up 46 players even if they don't have 46 healthy ones. "That's a good ques…Upvote Share TweetThe Browns appear ready to give Tori Gurley a chance to play one of his many former teams. According to the league’s transaction wire, the Browns have promoted Gurley and cornerback Julian Posey from the practice squad, and waived running back Bobby Rai…Upvote Share Tweet
Browns update: Sheard listed as probableIt seemed that linebacker Jabaal Sheard would return for the Browns last week. He didn’t. But he might on Sunday against Green Bay. Sheard was a full participant in practice all week and is listed as probable on the team’s injury report. He missed three…Upvote Share TweetThere will be no Calvin Johnson watch this week. The Lions wide receiver, recovering from a sore knee that cost him a game and made him a game-time decision last week, appears to have recovered nicely. The Lions are listing him as probable for Sunday’s …Upvote Share TweetBrowns quarterback Brian Hoyer had his torn ACL repaired at the Cleveland Clinic on Friday.Upvote Share TweetThe Packers were hoping to have more clarity about the status of wide receiver James Jones and outside linebacker Mike Neal on Friday, but a question mark is just going to have to suffice. Both players were listed as questionable for this weekend’s game…Upvote Share TweetOWINGS MILLS, Md. -- You can no longer blame the Baltimore Ravens' struggles in the running game on Ray Rice's hip injury. The Pro Bowl running back declared himself at full strength heading into Sunday's game at the Pittsburgh Steelers. "There is …Upvote Share TweetBy Ralph N. Paulk, Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewRookie linebacker Jarvis Jones, diagnosed with a concussion after Sunday’s win at the Jets, is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against AFC North rival ...Upvote Share TweetCINCINNATI -- For the second straight weekend, the Cincinnati Bengals will be leaving town Saturday for a road game with an injury-free roster. Sure, there are players among them who have minor bumps and bruises. We are, after all, heading to the midpoi…Upvote Share TweetOWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens starting inside linebacker Josh Bynes was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers after he needed surgery on an infected finger, coach John Harbaugh announced Friday. Bynes cut his finger last we…Upvote Share Tweet. The Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers renew their storied rivalry Sunday at Heinz Field, and both teams are badly in need of a win. That should only increase the intensity, which is never an issue anyway when these teams meet. What is a bit…Upvote Share TweetThe Browns’ starting tailback resumed practicing on Friday. Willis McGahee, who sat out practice on Thursday with a knee ailment, returned to the field on Friday morning, multiple media outlets reported, including the Canton Repository. According to mul…Upvote Share TweetBuffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller will play Thursday against the Cleveland Browns despite a sprained ankle, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.Upvote Share Tweet
Flacco eyeing rare four-peat in PittsburghOWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is looking to accomplish something that hasn't been achieved in Pittsburgh for 44 years. With a win at Heinz Field on Sunday, Flacco would become the first visiting quarterback to win four str…Upvote Share Tweet
Wake-up caw: Webb is 'baiting' teamsTeams are testing Baltimore Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb more this season, and they're having success doing so. Webb has been targeted 40 times through six games, an average of 6.7 times per contest -- his highest mark in three seasons, according to…Upvote Share Tweet
'Playbook': Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh SteelersOct 18Will the problems with the Baltimore Ravens offensive line be an issue against the Pittsburgh Steelers' defense? The "Playbook" gang takes a look at the battle up front and explains who will come out on top.
'Playbook': Cleveland Browns vs. Green Bay PackersOct 18Is Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy going to provide another dimension to the Packers' offense that could make them unstoppable? Our analysts dissect Lacy's game and offer a Browns player that could stop Lacy.
'Playbook': Cincinnati Bengals vs. Detroit LionsOct 18Can the Cincinnati Bengals offensive line hold off the impressive Detroit Lions front seven? The guys discuss the battle in the trenches and the play of Lions tight end Joseph Fauria.
Peyton Versus His PastOct 18Peyton Manning spent 14 seasons with the Colts. In his second year with the Broncos, the veteran quarterback is paying a visit to his former home. (Getty Images) There is only one game this weekend, one game that will draw every football-loving eye in A…