Pittsburgh Steelers Demote Rashard Mendenhall and More AFC North News

Andrea Hangst@FBALL_AndreaFeatured Columnist IVNovember 27, 2012

There's been a shakeup in the Pittsburgh Steelers' depth chart, reports Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Though all four Steelers running backs fumbled the ball in this past Sunday's loss to the Cleveland Browns, the team chose to demote year-long starter Rashard Mendenhall to the third-string and moved Jonathan Dwyer to the No. 1 spot; Isaac Redman remains the team's No. 2 back.

Even though Mendenhall started the season on the sidelines, recovering from last year's ACL tear, he was always listed atop the Steelers' depth chart at running back, making this a significant move. Clearly head coach Mike Tomlin was less pleased with Mendenhall's fumble than with any of the other three and now his playing time should take a hit.

Also of note on the depth chart, according to Bouchette, is that Tomlin has wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Mike Wallace each listed as the No. 1 receiver.


Baltimore Ravens

Though there is talk of Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis returning to the field in Week 15 after tearing his triceps in October, Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun says that he shouldn't rush himself back now that their defensive problems are fewer than before and their AFC North lead is fairly secure.

Mike Fast of Bleacher Report sees where the Ravens stand in terms of the playoff picture now that Week 12 is in the books.


Cincinnati Bengals

Paul Daugherty of the Cincinnati Enquirer takes a closer look at what propelled the Cincinnati Bengals into their present three-game win streak.

Chris Roling of Bleacher Report wonders whether wide receiver Mohamed Sanu is the best Bengals rookie this season.


Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur said in his Monday press conference that he doesn't know yet whether starting quarterback Brandon Weeden will play this Sunday after Weeden suffered a concussion in Week 12's win over the Steelers, reports Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Bleacher Report's Brian Hricik presents three players the Browns could target in the 2013 NFL draft.


Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers made some personnel moves on Monday, activating rookie guard David DeCastro and promoting offensive lineman John Malecki from the practice squad, sending offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert to injured reserve and releasing wide receiver David Gilreath, reports Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

There's much doom and gloom swirling among Steelers fans, but Bleacher Report's Joseph Bruno insists the season isn't over for Pittsburgh just yet.