Behind Enemy Lines: AFC North Offseason Report

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All offseason, Steelers N Stuff has kept you up to date with all of the latest Steelers news! However, now we are going to take a look at what the other three teams in the AFC North did during their offseason programs to keep you updated on the latest news from our three division teams. We are stepping behind enemy lines to give you this coverage. Be careful.

Baltimore Ravens – Rookie inside linebacker Arthur Brown had a sports hernia procedure done after rookie minicamp completed. The recovery for the surgery is about six weeks. Brown has been rehabbing since. During mandatory minicamp, Brown was able to participate in practice, but expected to have a full recovery by training camp.

How will the Ravens recover from the loss of leadership in Ray Lewis and Ed Reed? Running back Ray Rice looks to fill that void by stepping up as a leader. Rice says he is ready for the challenge.

The Ravens released fullback Vonta Leach a week ago. The franchise has not ruled out re-signing the Pro Bowl fullback, but thought that it would be best to let him test the open market. The Ravens have lost 9 starters from their Super Bowl team they had back in February.

Cincinnati Bengals – The Bengals will star in the training camp HBO documentary “Hard Knocks” for the second time in five seasons. Most NFL teams shy away from taking part of the show. It seems most teams think the show brings unwanted attention within the locker room. The show will premiere August 6th.

Cornerback Adam Jones was arrested on Monday, June 10th,after reportedly assaulting a female. Jones says he was protecting himself. The cornerback has been arrested several times during the course of his career and has been suspended by the league. He is expected to speak at the NFL Rookie Symposium in 2013.

Cleveland Browns – First round pick Barkevious Mingo says the Browns’ defense could be the best in the league in 2013. “If everything is going well, I think this defense could be the best in the league.”

Wide receiver Josh Gordon is suspended for the first two games of the regular season after failing a drug test. The receiver blames the failed drug test on codeine that was in a prescribed bottle of cough syrup when he had strep throat. Gordon is able to participate in training camp and all four preseason games.

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