The Steelers have had a busy and productive off season so far, and so have their AFC North competitors. The Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals, and Baltimore Ravens are busy fortifying their rosters and dealing with other personnel issues. Let's take a quick look at recent news from the Steelers division.
No news on Josh Gordon's application for reinstatement
Wide receiver Josh Gordon was suspended indefinitely for repeatedly violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. In February of 2015, NFL.com reported that a positive test for alcohol prompted the indefinite suspension. Over the years, Gordon had also faced sanctions for a DUI, codeine, and marijuana.
Gordon applied for reinstatement in January, and the league had 60 days to respond to his request. Now, over 80 days after he application, Gordon's fate with the NFL is still up in the air. When a player is suspended indefinitely, he has to prove he has abstained from the use of prohibited substances, has been an active participant in treatment, and has not had any convictions or criminal activity.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant was suspended for one year after repeatedly violating the substance abuse policy. He was suspended at the beginning of the 2015 season for four games.
Cincinnati Bengals agree to extension with head coach Marvin Lewis
The Cincinnati Bengals have a history of performing well during the regular season only to implode during the postseason. 2015 was no exception when the Bengals snatched defeat out of the jaws of victory. Despite the disappointing end to the season, the team has agreed to extend Marvin Lewis one year. The Bengals former offensive coordinator Hue Jackson is now the head coach of the Cleveland Browns, and wide receiver Marvin Jones is now a member of the Detroit Lions, so Lewis and quarterback Andy Dalton will be responsible for providing continuity and stability on the offensive side of the ball in 2016.
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Breshad Perriman still recovering from injury
The Ravens 2015 first-round pick ended up falling to the injury bug in 2015, tearing his PCL on the first day of training camp. He played in a few games, but then aggravated the injury during pregame warmups in Week 3. At the time, Harbaugh said, "It's probably one of the all-time slowest healing-sprained PCLs ever."
Well, it is April, and it appears the PCL injury still isn't fully healed.
WR Breshad Perriman is running again, but not full speed yet, Coach Harbaugh said. Team has been getting very good medical reports on him.— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) April 5, 2016