AFC Notes: Raiders, Ravens, Bengals, Bills

The Raiders surprisingly re-signed wide receiver Martavis Bryant earlier this week after initially waiving him at final cutdowns, and head coach Jon Gruden is optimistic on Bryant’s chances to contribute, as Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area writes. “He’s in a good place right now,” Gruden said. “I think he’s healthy. I think he’s ready to go. We’re sold on that. We’ve been in contact with him since he has been away. I’ve said it before: when he’s right, he can be a difference maker and we’re hoping he can be one sooner rather than later.”

Bryant is reportedly facing a yearlong suspension after another alleged violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy, but he’s eligible to play until the league formally announces a ban. Indeed, Bryant is expected to suit up for the Raiders when they face the Broncos on Sunday. Bryant didn’t take any sort of pay cut to return to Oakland, as he’ll collect the same $1.907MM (prorated) salary he was originally due, tweets Tom Pelissero of NFL.com.

Here’s more from the AFC:

  • Linebacker C.J. Mosley did not suffer any ligament damage in the Ravens‘ Thursday night loss to the Bengals, head coach John Harbaugh told reporters, including Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic (Twitter link). While Mosley may miss Baltimore’s Week 3 contest against Denver, Harbaugh doesn’t think Mosley is facing a long-term absence. For what it’s worth, the Ravens announced Mosley had a bone bruise when he left last night’s game. As Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com writes, Mosley has arguably become Baltimore’s most indispensable defender, so the Ravens will be hard-pressed to replace him for any period of time. Mosley, 26, is currently playing out the final year of his contract, but he hadn’t progressed on an extension with the Ravens as of July.
  • Elsewhere from Thursday night’s game, Bengals center Billy Price suffered a foot sprain, according to head coach Marvin Lewis (Twitter link via Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer). The injury doesn’t sound all that serious, as Lewis indicated he was “surprised” Price wasn’t cleared to return to Cincinnati’s eventual victory. Price, the 21st overall selection in this year’s draft, was part of a Bengals offensive line overhaul that also included the acquisition of left tackle Cordy Glenn. If Price is forced to miss action, he’ll be replaced by reserve Trey Hopkins, who started 12 games for Cincinnati in 2017.
  • The Bills will start first-round rookie Josh Allen at quarterback on Sunday after Nathan Peterman and the rest of Buffalo’s offense was thrashed by Baltimore in Week 1, leading Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com to examine whether deploying Allen this early in the season is the correct decision. Allen won’t be forced to face Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa, but the Los Angeles defense will certainly present a challenge for the Wyoming product.
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11 comments on “AFC Notes: Raiders, Ravens, Bengals, Bills

  1. TJECK109

    But since he was cut and resigned the contract Bryant resigned is not fully guaranteed correct? Wonder if that wasn’t more of a reason for him being cut.

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    • tharrie0820

      pretty sure when he gets suspended he doesn’t get paid anyways

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  2. Bill Jasper

    They clearly have a championship vision out in Oakland! LOL!

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  3. Clark K

    I’m sorry but am I the only one that thinks it’s bull that Martavis is on his 4th or 5th chance while there are other receivers that haven’t got a 2nd or even a chance to begin with? The guy is constantly getting suspended and he still hasn’t learned, suspend him for 2 years.

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    • tsolid

      He’s been suspended 2x. How does that equate to 4/5 chances?

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    • tylerall5

      Bryant is arguably the most physically gifted player in the league. That’s why teams will give him chances. He is an absolute difference maker when he plays.

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  4. crosseyedlemon

    The Bills starting Allen is a no brainer. No Bosa for the Chargers and it’s also a 1pm eastern start which west coast teams dislike. Nothing is gained by waiting for the colder weather to arrive in Buffalo before putting Allen to the test.

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