Look out Ravens. When they play the Pittsburgh Steelers for the first time on Nov. 18, safety Troy Polamalu likely will be back in uniform.
Coach Mike Tomlin said Polamalu, who has been limited by a right calf injury all season, should be able to greet the visiting Ravens (6-2), according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Will Allen has filled Polamalu's spot for the last four games as the Steelers have won three of them. Allen's fifth start in a row will come Monday vs. the Kansas City Chiefs.
But Allen's run will end if Polamalu can come back against Baltimore.
"Will's done a nice job for us playing in place of Troy over the last couple weeks," Tomlin said, according to the Post-Gazette. "The assets of his game are he's a deliberate run-force guy, he's got good range and he's consistently physical.
How does RB Rashard Mendenhall fit in the Steelers' plans is unclear. Tomlin wouldn't confirm that he'd be the starter again if healthy. Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman have combined to give Pittsburgh (5-3) three consecutive weeks of 100-plus yard rushers.
"Whoever's being productive when healthy is going to get the totes. I really think it's that simple. I'm not going to make it any more complex than it has to be," Tomlin said. "At times this season we've had a running back-by-committee approach because none of them had been overly effective at that time. When someone's effective, they'll get the ball."
The Post-Gazette said Mendenhall, who has a sore Achilles after coming off a knee ligament tear, will be questionable to play Monday while Dwyer could play. Dwyer had a thigh injury that forced him to miss last weeks' game.
Bengals: They've lost four in a row after beginning the season 3-1. The reason? They've been sub-par int he second half.
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Bengals have been outscored 68-40 during the fourth quarter of this losing streak. In three of those games they have had a lead in the fourth. Quarterback Andy Dalton has thrown six of his 11 interceptions and also had a fumble in those second halves.
“When you’re in a funk you just continue to grind and practice as hard as you can. You just try to take care of your business during the week,” safety Chris Crocker said. “This year, if you look at it we haven’t gotten as many turnovers and haven’t played great in special teams.”
Browns: RB Trent Richardson is looking forward to the bye. He ran for 105 yards in a 25-15 loss to the Ravens last week.
"This bye week is going to be big for me as far as having the rib injury. It hasn't really been where I could be at 100% yet so I'm waiting for that moment. It's going to make a big difference having this bye week," Richardson said. "Whenever they heal 100%, I don't know if it will be over this bye week, but when it does it's going to be a whole other Trent out there."