Around the AFC North: Ravens' Arthur Jones has surgery

Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE

A quick scan around the division shows some activity among the Steelers three main rivals.

Ravens' Arthur Jones has surgery

Baltimore's second round pick, linebacker Arthur Jones, will be out 4-6 weeks in recovery from a sports hernia surgery. It will keep him out of the remainder of Baltimore's offseason program.

It could put the defending champs in a precarious spot in terms of preparation and depth heading into training camp. The other linebacker they brought in this year, Rolando McClain, retired abruptly earlier in May.

Browns cut QB Thaddeus Lewis

The Steelers allowed one quarterback in the division to compile a passer rating over 80 against them in 2012. His name is Thaddeus Lewis, an undrafted free agent in his second year out of Duke, and it happened in the last game of the season.

Lewis's reward? He was released by the Browns recently, as Cleveland apparently has scores of other quarterback options available.

Bengals looking to upgrade back-up QB

Cincy Jungle writer Anthony Cosenza isn't too worried about Cincinnati losing back-up QB Bruce Gradkowski to Pittsburgh this offseason. They brought in big-arm-low-accuracy passer John Skelton to back up Andy Dalton, while Josh Johnson was brought in to compete with Skelton and Zac Robinson for the No. 2 job.

There's certainly enough experience there, almost enough to wonder whether Dalton, a second round pick in 2011, is full secure in the long run.


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