AFC North Notes: Bengals, Steelers, Browns

When the NFL handed Bengals cornerback Adam Jones a one-game suspension last week, it appeared he would fight the ban. That won’t be the case, though, Jones announced Thursday. “You know, I take all accountability for what I did and my actions and my words. I accept it — the one game suspension — and I’m ready to move on, man,” Jones told reporters, including Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer. The 33-year-old’s suspension came after he was charged with three misdemeanors and a felony, though he was able to avoid jail time after pleading guilty to a lesser offense.

More from Cincinnati’s division…

  • Although the league conditionally reinstated Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant from a year-plus suspension in April, it still hasn’t cleared him to participate in training camp. General manager Kevin Colbert addressed the situation Thursday, stating: “Upon his conditional reinstatement in April, Martavis Bryant was made aware it was only the beginning of a process toward a return to being a full contributing member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. We have been informed by the NFL that Martavis is still in the process of being fully reinstated. Until that time, Martavis will be permitted to take part in off-the-field team activities at training camp, but he will not be permitted to practice or play in any games.”
  • As expected, Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell did not show up at training camp Thursday, as Jeremy Fowler of was among those to report. The franchise-tagged star has not signed his $12.12MM tender, meaning he’s under no obligation to attend camp. Bell could follow in the footsteps of Chiefs safety Eric Berry and not report until the regular season is on the verge of beginning. That’s what Berry did last summer when he was unhappy with the fact that he had to play the season under the tag in lieu of a multiyear contract.
  • Browns wide receiver Ricardo Louis has hired super-agent Drew Rosenhaus to represent him, per Mary Kay Cabot of (Twitter link). As a fourth-round rookie last year, Louis started in three of 16 appearances and logged 18 catches for 205 yards. With three years left on his rookie deal and unspectacular production to date, a pay raise isn’t imminent for Louis.

Zach Links contributed to this post.

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5 comments on “AFC North Notes: Bengals, Steelers, Browns

  1. leefieux

    Pacman gets 1 game for misdemeanors and Bryant gets a whole year for smoking pot? Makes sense to me.


    • yoyo137

      Yeah it doesn’t really make sense considering Bryant isn’t harming anybody else and Pacman did, but I guess that’s the NFL for you! You beat your girlfriend they let it fly but you better not smoke weed or wear custom cleats!!

    • ekrog

      I’m a Bengals fan and completely agree. Pac man should get a permanent ban. Pathetic NFL.

  2. steelman

    Bell did get a multi year contract offer but chose not to sign it! This act is getting old regardless of how good he is at his position.

    • madmanTX

      Agreed. With the short expiration date on RBs, he should have taken the deal he was offered. Good luck to Bell getting his same numbers on a team without the Steelers blockers.

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