Rashard Mendenhall Suspended for No-Show and More AFC North News

Andrea Hangst@FBALL_AndreaFeatured Columnist IVDecember 12, 2012

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced on Tuesday that running back Rashard Mendenhall, who was listed as inactive in the team's past two games, will be suspended for this Sunday's match against the Dallas Cowboys for "conduct detrimental to the team."

According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the conduct in question was Mendenhall's no-show to last Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers once he found out he would not play. It's likely that Mendenhall, who is an unrestricted free agent once the season ends, has played his final snap in a Steelers uniform.


Baltimore Ravens

Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that Baltimore Ravens rookie cornerback Asa Jackson has been suspended by the NFL for four games for violating the league's performance-enhancing drugs policy. Jackson tested positive for the stimulant Adderall.

Jonathan Reid of Bleacher Report seeks out the silver lining in the Ravens' frustrating 2012 season.


Cincinnati Bengals

Thursday night's game against the Philadelphia Eagles marks the fifth time this year the Cincinnati Bengals have faced a rookie quarterback, writes Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Bleacher Report's Sean O'Donnell says the Bengals need to concentrate on running the ball against the Eagles on Thursday if they are to win.


Cleveland Browns

Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, who was in charge of the league's New Orleans Saints bounty investigation, ruled on Tuesday that current Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita and the rest of the accused players will have their suspensions and other discipline overturned. Tom Reed of the Cleveland Plain Dealer supplies the full report.

Tim Daniels of Bleacher Report breaks down both the Browns' biggest strengths as well as their biggest draft needs.


Pittsburgh Steelers

Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pittsburgh Steelers have added cornerback Isaiah Green and wide receivers David Gilreath and Derek Moye to their practice squad.

Bleacher Report's Scott Kacsmar breaks down what's been going wrong for Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace and why he's had such a disappointing season.