- A moment of truth for Freddie Kitchens and the Browns (Terry Pluto) - For most of the football season, I kept trying to stay away from being totally negative about rookie head coach Freddie Kitchens. But if Kitchens can find a way for his Browns to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday in Pittsburgh... it will be time to give the man some credit.
- Browns expect crazy atmosphere in Pittsburgh (beaconjournal.com) - Hostile environments aren’t foreign to anyone who has played enough football to reach the NFL. Yet the Browns (5-6) expect to feel an unusual amount of hatred Sunday when they face the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5) at Heinz Field.
- Damarious Randall left home for Steelers game (cleveland.com) - Browns safety Damarious Randall was benched for Sunday’s Steelers game and kept home from the trip to Pittsburgh because of a coach’s decision, the club announced Saturday afternoon. A league source told cleveland.com that coach Freddie Kitchens made the move for something that happened during the week.
- Freddie Kitchens seen wearing Pittsburgh Started It shirt (ESPN) - A post on social media Friday night shows Cleveland Browns coach Freddie Kitchens wearing a “Pittsburgh started it” T-shirt -- a reference to the Browns-Steelers brawl that led to an indefinite suspension for Cleveland defensive end Myles Garrett and more than $730,000 in fines.
- Former NFL WR Terrelle Pryor arrested after he was stabbed (NFL.com) - Terrelle Pryor, currently a free agent who played parts of seven seasons with five NFL teams, has been arrested and faces a charge of simple assault after he was hospitalized following a stabbing in Pittsburgh overnight. Pryor is in stable condition, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per sources informed of the situation.
- Broncos activate QB Drew Lock (denverbroncos.com) - As the Broncos continue to evaluate who will start at quarterback for Sunday’s matchup with the Chargers, they have made rookie quarterback Drew Lock available after activating him from injured reserve on Saturday.
- Vince Biegel buzz: Dolphins’ cranberry man making impact with his motor (ESPN) - When you drink a glass of dark Ocean Spray cranberry juice, there’s a chance the cranberries were harvested by Miami Dolphins linebacker Vince Biegel and his family from their cranberry marsh in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.