Injuries continue to be the primary theme in the AFC North as most teams continue to deal with some major setbacks. The Ravens aren't alone, though the Cincinnati Bengals are getting a key piece back:
Steelers: A bad situation got worse as QB Ben Roethlisberger injured the right foot he broke two years ago as he dropped back for a pass Thursday.
Roethlisberger declared it was "fine" after having it looked at, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Pittsburgh won't have safety Troy Polamalu for the fourth consecutive game when they play the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Running backs Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman won't play, either. Center Maurkice Pouncey had limited practice but still could play.
Polamalu can empathize with the Ravens, who lost linebacker Ray Lewis and cornerback Lardarius Webb for the season last week. The Steelers are falling apart because of injuries.
"Sometimes, I wonder if it's just us here because it seems as if we deal with it pretty seriously every year," he said. "I obviously am aware of Baltimore's situation, but it seems like we face those type of situations year in and year out."
Bengals: Top rookie draft pick Dre Kirkpatrick, who has been out with a knee injury and tendinitis, could make his debut for vs. the Steelers.
"I’m ready to go,” Kirkpatrick said before Wednesday’s practice, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. “Body feels good. Just waiting on the man above.”
That "man above" is coach Marvin Lewis.
“I’ve been really impressed with Dre Kirkpatrick in practice,” Lewis said. “More impressed than any time he’s been here; even more impressive than when he was here in rookie minicamp."
The cornerback is preparing for game action.
“I’m going through (the game plan) just like I’m going to be playing,” Kirkpatrick said.
Browns: The receiving corp already depleted, Greg Little missed practice with flu symptoms and running back Trent Richardson's status is sketchy because of a rib injury heading into Sunday's game vs. the Indianapolis Colts.
Coach Pat Shurmur expects Richardson to play with a "flak jacket," according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.