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Scouting the AFC North: Steelers Getting Healthy, & Browns Getting Worse


Jan 8 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison (92) before the start of the 2011 AFC Wildcard Playoff game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (calf) and OLB James Harrison (knee) have resumed practicing during the bye week, and will likely return in week 5 against the Pennsylvania showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Browns are hoping that WR Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring) can play Thursday night in the teams’ divisional clash with the Ravens, but the short week is already working against Massaquoi, as he was unable to practice on Monday and Tuesday. TE Alex Smith was also held out of practice due to a concussion he previously suffered.

Ravens WR Jacoby Jones stated that the 0-3 Browns will be playing like “pregnant possums” when the two AFC North foes clash on Thursday night football. I really have nothing else to say about that.

Speaking of their matchup,  Ravens safety Ed Reed believes that Thursday Night Football is “all about money”. Given the current state of the locked out officials and their replacement referees, there’s really no reason to believe the NFL isn’t all about the money. That’s how they’ve been in the past, and they’ll do everything in their power to exploit ever dollar possible they can going forward.

Ravens MLB and special-teams ace Brendon Ayanbadejo downplayed the severity of a left knee injury he suffered Sunday against the Patriots, and believes he’ll be ready for Thursday’s game.

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