In today's edition of Around the AFC North, we take a look at another player with an Achilles injury in Baltimore, a local writer talking about the end of the Steelers' reign of dominance, and a Bengals player who lost 30 pounds this offseason.
Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository talked about how due to the age of many starters on Pittsburgh's roster and the drafting of Tom Heckert, the Browns might finally be ready to put their miserable streak against Pittsburgh to bed:
On Sept. 17, 2000, rookie No. 1 overall pick Courtney Brown sacked Steelers quarterback Kent Graham on the last play of the game to seal a 23-20 Browns win. Since then, Cleveland’s record in the Pittsburgh series is 2-22. Some things are half past pathetic — 2-22 is much worse than that. The concept of catching up to Pittsburgh began turning into a manifestation within the last half year.
According to reports, another Ravens linebacker suffered an Achilles injury, this time at an OTA session:
Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Mike McAdoo tore an Achilles tendon Thursday during organized team activities, and the team expects him to miss the entire 2012 season, according to a report in the Carroll County (Md.) Times. The 6-foot-7, 245-pound McAdoo was attempting to fill in for All-Pro linebacker Terrell Suggs, who partially tore his Achilles in April.
McAdoo was an undrafted free agent for the Ravens last offseason.
What's interesting this offseason, something we hinted at on Friday, is the Cincinnati Bengals offensive line reduction of weight over the offseason at both offensive tackle positions. Andre Smith is down to 330 pounds while Andrew Whitworth lost nearly 30 pounds, through nutrition and exercise, reaching 325 pounds -- a weight he hasn't seen since being a sophomore at LSU.