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Scouting the AFC North: Not a Good Week for one of NFL’s best Divisions


Sep 9, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden (23) runs back an interception in the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

The NFL has suspended Browns CB Joe Haden four games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. He’ll miss matchups with the Bengals, Bills, Ravens, and Giants. Meanwhile, CB Sheldon Brown (stinger) is expected to be available for Week 2 against the Bengals.

Ravens QB Joe Flacco completed 21/29 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns in Monday’s Week 1 rout of the Bengals, and looked like a player who’s finally ascended into the elite status of NFL quarterbacks.

Browns Head Coach Pat Shurmur gave rookie QB Brandon Weeden a vote of confidence at Monday’s press conference, and quickly dismissed any talk of backup QB Colt McCoy coming in to relieve Weeden if he continues to struggle. 

With their lack of depth along the offensive line, the Steelers need to add an offensive lineman to their roster this week, and that won’t be former Steelers tackle Trai Essex, who signed with the Indianapolis Colts on Monday. Starting tackle Marcus Gilbert Sunday’s game left with a hyperextended knee, and starting guard Ramon Foster has an eye injury. Both could still start Sunday vs. the Jets.

The game-breaker of last night’s Bengals-Ravens matchup came late in the third-quarter when Ravens safety Ed Reed intercepted an Andy Dalton pass and returned it 34 yards for a touchdown. It was a play that gave Reed a new NFL record of 1,497 career interception return yards. Reed also owns the NFL record for the highest interception return average for players with at least 30 career interceptions.

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