My AFC North training camp tour takes me to Cleveland, where there was a special moment over the weekend (click on the video to see what I mean). The Browns' practice is from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Monday. If I can get some players earlier in the day, I will put up some posts in the afternoon. In the meantime, here's your wake-up call ...
RAVENS: Eight days after the Ravens lost Dennis Pitta to a season-ending hip injury, tight end Ed Dickson strained his hamstring and was removed from Sunday's practice, according to The Baltimore Sun. Coach John Harbaugh downplayed the injury. "Ed Dickson, his hamstring grabbed a little bit, so we pulled him out for precautionary reasons," Harbaugh said. "We'll take a look at it and see how it looks." Visanthe Shiancoe worked with the first team in Dickson's absence. Also, James Ihedigbo didn't practice because of a strained neck.
BENGALS: Three starters -- wide receiver A.J. Green (knee), offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth (knee) and fullback Chris Pressley (knee) -- are among the nine players who won't be making the trip to Atlanta for the practices and preseason games against the Falcons this week. Another player who won't attend is slot receiver Andrew Hawkins, who is seeking a second opinion on how to proceed on rehabbing his injury. Coach Marvin Lewis compared it to that of center Kyle Cook last year in that the injury might be worse than originally thought. "It’s really the symptoms of the patient into the next day, based on swelling and tenderness and where you go," Lewis told The Cincinnati Enquirer. "He's hopeful that the course of action will be plotted quickly but he’s much better [Sunday] than he was [Saturday].”
STEELERS: Rookie running back Le'Veon Bell told The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he would give himself a 5 or 6 on a scale of 10 in rating his Steelers training camp so far. “I've got so much room for improvement,” Bell said. “The game's still coming to me and still slowing down for me. I've got a lot of work to do. As long as I keep working and progressing as a player, I should be fine.” Also, according to the Tribune-Review, Mike Adams has worked at left tackle for the third straight day and Marcus Gilbert has played on the right side. It was switched at the start of camp.
BROWNS: Ryan Encinas, a 5-year-old who recently celebrated two years in remission after being diagnosed with lung cancer, put a heartfelt final touch on Cleveland's "Family Night" practice at FirstEnergy Stadium on Saturday by running for a touchdown while being escorted by all the Browns. According to The Associated Press, Encinas was lifted in the air by linebacker Craig Robertson once he reached the end zone and all of the Browns huddled as the youngster soared above them and the crowd cheered. Also, in other news, running back Trent Richardson sat out the past two practices after getting kicked in the same shin he injured this offseason, according to The Plain Dealer. There's a chance he could practice Monday.