October 7, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall (34) carries the ball against Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha (24) during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 16-14. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Scouting the AFC North: Ravens & Steelers Facing Turmoil



The Steelers have suspended RB Rashard Mendenhall one game for conduct detrimental to the team. Mendenhall was the Steelers’ leading rusher the previous three seasons but has played in just four games this year because of injuries. He missed the s first three games of the season with a knee injury, and also been sidelined with an Achilles injury, has rushed for only 113 yards this season. Mendenhall is scheduled to become a free agent at the end of the season when his rookie contract expires, but the market is unlikely to be high for an injury plagued back with character issues.


The Ravens are in the midst of a two-game losing streak, and it could go longer since they play the Denver Broncos on Sunday, followed by a matchup against the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants. Now comes word that reserve CB Asa Jackson has been suspended four games without pay  by the NFL for violating the league’s performance enhancing drugs policy. Jackson will be eligible to return to the active roster on the day following the team’s first playoff game.


At 5-8, the Cleveland Browns still have a very slim chance of making it into the playoffs for the first time since 2002, but to keep those dreams alive, they’ll have to score a huge upset this week, as the red-hot Redskins are riding a four-game winning streak as they too are in the midst of a playoff chase.


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