In today's edition of Around the AFC North, we take a look at new of a receiver's ACL injury, an update on Ben Roethlisberger's foot, and a funny comment from our Ravens SB Nation affiliate.
Bengals receiver Terrell Owens had surgery to repair a torn ACL. He is not expected to be available to play until November 2011 at the earliest. Who knows if he can return and be effective after that. Is it time for Owens to call it a career? It would be wise of him to try to latch on to a playoff-contending team late in the season, but he'd need to be willing to accept a lower salary I imagine for the chance to pursue a ring.
Information on the Steelers' quarterback opting not to have foot surgery:
"The doctors elected not to do surgery and to let it heal," Roethlisberger's agent, Ryan Tollner said, according to the paper. "If it ever got worse, they might have to do something. Ben is kind of surprised that it's getting the attention. He hopes and expects never to have surgery on it. The foot was feeling better after the season, with the extra time this offseason, it's feeling great."
Over at Baltimore Beatdown, they disagreed with one ESPN's writer's ranking of quarterback Josh Freeman over Joe Flacco (they were ranking top quarterbacks under the age of 30). Says Bruce:
At the same time, I just don't get the Josh Freeman over Joe Flacco justification in any way, shape or form. Freeman is a good young QB, but has done absolutely nothing in his two seasons.
For the record, here is a comparison of the players' 2010 stats:
Josh Freeman: 25 TDs, 6 INTs, 3451 yards, 61.4% completion rate
Joe Flacco: 25 TDs, 10 INTs, 3622 yards, 62.6% completion rate
Bruce is right. There is no justification for this ranking in any way, shape, or form.