BEREA, Ohio -- Cleveland Browns guard Alvin Bailey admitted he let the team down with his arrest for OVI and misdemeanor drug charges several hours after the team plane landed on Sunday.

"It was unfortunate that I let the team down and was a distraction to my teammates and things like that," Bailey said. "It was a mistake that I made. I have to own up to it, and hopefully we will be able to work past it.”

Bailey's playing status for Sunday in Washington is uncertain. Coach Hue Jackson said there would be consequences for Bailey, but declined to say if that meant he would not play on Sunday.

It's very possible that Austin Reiter could start at center, with John Greco moving from center back to his right guard spot. Starting center Cam Erving is out with a bruised lung.

"Obviously, you know the guys that have potential to play," Jackson said. "A lot of those spots will still be the same, and we will see how everything else unfolds.”

Bailey deferred lineup questions to Jackson.

Reiter, 24, was signed off Washington's practice squad after the injury to Erving. He has not played in an NFL game.

"We will see," Jackson said.

CINCINNATI -- Just when it seemed like every possible way to sack a quarterback had been done, Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins made up a new one.

Atkins shoved Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jermon Bushrod into quarterback Ryan Tannehill, effectively sacking Tannehill with his own teammate. With the dirty work taken care of, all Atkins had to do was gently tap Tannehill to make sure he was ruled down.

"That was crazy!" said Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap. "He tackled the quarterback with the lineman. That was insane. I was like, front and center. I was coming around the corner and saw Geno just manhandle the guy."

Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno AtkinsAaron Doster/USA TODAY SportsGeno Atkins and the Bengals defense sacked Ryan Tannehill five times on Thursday.

Maybe the return of linebacker Vontaze Burfict gave the defense a spark. Or perhaps it was one of those nights where things just clicked en route to a 22-7 win.

Whatever it was, one week after allowing four touchdown passes to the Denver Broncos, the Bengals held the Dolphins to just 2-of-11 on third down, held them to just 222 net yards, forced a fumble, had a pick, and had five sacks.

"I feel like we pulled together after they got that explosive play," Dunlap said. "Usually guys start pointing fingers … but we pulled together, we didn't let them get anything else … we made a statement after that."

The Bengals won't be able to make those kind of nights consistently happen. Better teams and better offenses lie ahead when they travel to face the Dallas Cowboys and the New England Patriots.

But, as Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green said, it was "gut check" week, and the defense responded when it mattered, more than doubling the season sack total after entering this week with just four sacks.

Outside of one broken play where Tannehill found Kenny Stills deep for a 74-yard touchdown, the Bengals' defense was effective against Miami. And particularly effective was their key stops on third down.

"I think that showed the resiliency of our team," said Bengals linebacker Vincent Rey. "We didn't back down. Nobody's thinking back to last week on Sunday. We're thinking ‘every game's a new game; let's buckle down, let's be resilient (and) let's pound the rock. Let's focus.'

Here's some of the biggest Bengals plays that occurred on third down vs. the Dolphins:

  • Second quarter: Third-and-6 at Miami's 47 -- Bengals linebacker Karlos Dansby stops running back Isaiah Pead, forcing him down after only a gain of two yards to force a punt. The Bengals score a field goal on the next drive.
  • Second quarter: Third-and-4 at Miami's 33 -- Bengals defensive end Dunlap swats the ball out of Tannehill's hands. Domata Peko scoops it up. The Bengals kick a field goal on the next drive. "I just came around the edge and I saw the quarterback trying to throw. I was close enough to get a hand on it," Dunlap ssaid.
  • Third quarter: Third-and-5 at Cincinnati's 36: Atkins and Michael Johnson combine for another Tannehill sack for a loss of nine yards and a punt. The Bengals kick a field goal on the next drive.
  • Fourth quarter: Third-and-5 at Miami's 21: Dunlap tips Tannehill's pass at the line of scrimmage to force an incompletion.
  • Cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris also had a fourth quarter interception on first-and-10 at Cincinnati's 39-yard line.

"Our defensive line, we feed off them," Lewis-Harris said. "They came, they showed up. We've got a great group of guys up there and they made it easy for us in the back end."video

videoPITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers' offensive meeting rooms didn't need fierce and frantic pep talks this week. Todd Haley said the players' "faces said it all" while trying to process the aftermath of a 31-point beatdown by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Eric Hartline/USA TODAY SportsBen Roethlisberger and the Steelers saw their 2-0 start crumble in Week 3 at the hands of the Eagles.

But the Steelers offensive coordinator said these losses can have a lasting impact because they bring to light a few minor issues that were masked by a 2-0 start.

"When you have a game like that, it better be a wake-up call," Haley said. "When you win, a lot of times you let some things slide or out of the way that you think are OK because you're winning. ... When you get slapped around like that, I think guys want to figure out, 'Hey, how do we get better so it doesn't happen again?'"

Haley said the Steelers offense didn't play that poorly in the first half. Finishing drives was an issue. But he noticed players were pressing, which he admires because "they care" but it didn't exhibit trust in teammates.

The Steelers won't reveal the game plan for Sunday night's game against the visiting Kansas City Chiefs. But from the locker room to the practice field, players look eager to get there.

Guard David DeCastro said the Eagles game film -- in which a good offensive line could pave the way for only 29 rushing yards -- made him "frustrated and angry" but ultimately numb to the result after Monday.

"After that it was a new day," DeCastro said.

Here are a few other notes about the Steelers offense.

  • When Haley was asked about his No. 2 receiver, the first player he mentioned was Sammie Coates "making strides," but the role seems undefined overall.
  • Markus Wheaton, who struggled with multiple drops last week, had a great day of practice Thursday, Haley said.
  • The Steelers have so much respect for Chiefs corner Marcus Peters that they might scheme away from his left side of the field on occasion. Peters "tracks [the ball] like a receiver," Haley said.
  • The Steelers released running back Daryl Richardson to make room for Le'Veon Bell's roster spot. The team will carry three tailbacks into Sunday.
  • Second-year undrafted guard B.J. Finney is a candidate to replace injured Ramon Foster in the starting lineup. Left tackle Alejandro Villanueva said Finney has "mastered" blocking the bull rush. One of the best he's seen at it. "Really, really strong back," Villanueva said. Well, there you go.

BEREA, Ohio -- Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson said last Sunday that Terrelle Pryor is a bit of a hothead and needs to control himself.

Pryor admitted Thursday that he can be feisty and combative, and he said he needs to do a better job of controlling his emotions on the field.

If ever that were true, it would be Sunday in Washington, where standout cornerback Josh Norman awaits. Norman, Pryor said, is "awesome," a guy he has great respect for.

AP Photo/Lynne SladkyLast week, Terrelle Pryor did a little bit of everything, including making eight catches for 144 yards.

But Norman also has proved that he's not afraid to get under a receiver's skin. The most glaring example was last season when he and Odell Beckham Jr. had a matchup that turned ugly, with late hits and a brawl.

"I'm 6-5, 230. I'm not worried about no corner talking about me," Pryor said.

For at least this week, Pryor has become the face and voice of the Browns. It happens when a receiver plays quarterback and totals 200 total yards in a game. Especially when said receiver a year ago was a full-time quarterback.

Last week in Miami, though, Pryor played a combination of positions that tackle Joe Thomas said required "mental gymnastics."

Pryor admits that he will talk on the field. He also knows that Norman may as well. But Pryor and Jackson both said that Pryor has to be careful not to hurt the team.

"You don't want to take it far, to where Josh and Odell did, but they're two ultimate competitors," Pryor said. "They're two alpha males, guys that love the game. I don't really let that get in the mix because it hurts the team."

"We can't get into any personal battles," Jackson said. "It's not about Terrelle Pryor and Josh Norman."

There isn't great reason to believe it will be, except that both players can push the edge. Pryor said he will talk on the field, and he's a physical blocker. In preseason, he and Desmond Trufant got into it on the game's first play, and Pryor was penalized. When Pryor scored on a deep pass soon after, he glared at Trufant after he scored.

Of Norman, Pryor said, "I respect the heck out of him."

"The thing I like about Josh is when you watch him on film is he's very competitive," Pryor said.

In Miami, Byron Maxwell followed Pryor everywhere. Pryor finished with eight catches for 144 yards and had his jersey, gloves and cleats sent to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

If the Redskins decide to put Norman on Pryor exclusively, Pryor will get another excellent gauge at his development. Norman was first-team All-Pro in Carolina last season, and got votes for defensive player of the year.

Pryor's emergence as a receiver is based on one outstanding game. This week Pryor said he hopes for more.

"You've got to look at it like this, where I've been and the people I've played against and the people I grew up with, talking is talking," Pryor said. "You just go and make plays and block them and be physical with them and that's all."

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CINCINNATI -- There's a reason Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green is a clear-cut No. 1 -- for both his team and fantasy football owners everywhere.

When Green is on, there are few better options. And when he's having a big night, he's almost unstoppable.

After two relatively quiet weeks where he totaled 115 receiving yards in consecutive losses, Green bounced back in a big way against the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night, posting eight receptions for 123 receiving yards and a touchdown in the first half.

Green had already reached the 100-yard mark with 11 minutes, 38 seconds remaining in the second quarter, the quickest to 100 receiving yards for any player this season. The previous high was set by Lions receiver Marvin Jones, a former Bengal, who had 111 at that point in Week 3 against the Packers.

Green set the tone with an athletic leaping catch over Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard for 51 yards. Green outmuscled Howard to come away with the ball, and followed that up with a 19-yard reception on Howard three plays later. Green capped the drive with a seven-yard touchdown grab.

It's the second 100-yard game of the season for Green, who outmanned Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis for 180 yards and a touchdown in Week 1.

BEREA, Ohio -- Josh Gordon released a statement late Thursday saying he has made the decision to enter rehab.

He will not rejoin the Cleveland Browns next week, and the question is whether he will ever rejoin the Browns. At this point, it's hard to see that happening.

What's clearly most important is that the rehab helps Gordon. At this point, the person takes precedence over the player.

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh GordonAP Photo/David RichardJosh Gordon has not been able to replicate his breakout season of 2013 and, after Sunday, will have been suspended for 31 of the last 36 games.

The NFL allowed Gordon to be with the team during his four-game suspension to start the season, and that was viewed as a positive for him. He was around the team and his teammates, in the environment he loved.

As recently as Sept. 4 -- one week before the opener -- he posted on Twitter that the Browns' facility was a "comfort zone."

After he caught a touchdown pass in a preseason game in Tampa, Gordon said: "This is where I belong, this is where I need to be. This stage was meant for me to play on. That's what I'm meant to do."

Clearly, his personal struggles have not allowed him to do that lately. Gordon posted on Twitter about "pressure and stress," and said he had to do enter rehab for himself. The hope is that the decision proves beneficial.

It's tough to see the Browns taking him back. They welcomed Gordon back after a yearlong suspension, and stood by him. They said they would provide the most positive environment they could, and Gordon gushed at how welcoming the team was.

Now he surely will not play in 2016.

The Browns watched in 2013 as Gordon set standards for the receiver position not seen in the team's long history. In 14 games, Gordon led the NFL and set a team record with 1,646 yards receiving. He had games of 237, 261 and 151 yards. And he did it despite being suspended by the NFL for the season's first two games for substance abuse violations.

But around the time of the 2014 draft, word leaked that the league would suspend Gordon for the entire 2014 season. That was reduced to 10 games, but Gordon was lackluster in the time he played, and then the Browns suspended him for the season finale after he missed a Saturday walk-through.

He followed that with another NFL-mandated suspension, for the entire 2015 season.

He was reinstated for 2016, but not without a four-game suspension to open the season.

Which means that when the Browns play Sunday in Washington, Gordon will have been suspended 31 of the last 36 games, and 33 of the last 49.

The Browns drafted four receivers in April. They gave Terrelle Pryor a full and long look at the position. They welcomed Gordon back, but planned in case they didn't have him.

They surely will hope for the best for Gordon, but at this point the Browns are trying to build a winning culture with a new group of young players who will grow under the direction of coach Hue Jackson.

Gordon just does not seem to fit in that new model.video

videoOWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil confirmed Thursday what Terrell Suggs had announced the day before -- he's making his 2016 debut against the Oakland Raiders.

Asked if he's starting Sunday, Dumervil smiled and said, "Since my guy already said it. I'm excited to go in front of our crowd."

Dumervil missed the first three games after having a setback in his recovery from offseason foot surgery. He indicated that he was "real close" to playing last Sunday.

This week, Dumervil had his first full practices of the regular season.

"I will say the last couple of weeks, I woke up and I felt good," Dumervil said. "We really got after it conditioning. This week, for sure, we really pressed it. You're never 100 percent in football. One thing I can do is I can play with pain. Earlier in the year, I was more injured than hurt."

The Ravens believe the return of Dumervil will help the defense generate a rush with its front four and reduce the number of blitzes, which can leave a secondary vulnerable. The last time Dumervil and Suggs played a full season together was 2014, when they were the NFL's top sacks duo.

"I’m hoping that Elvis is back to the old Elvis of old and that he can give us an edge rush like he always gives us," defensive coordinator Dean Pees said.

By not playing, Dumervil said he reconnected with the reason why he plays the game.

"I had some time to really reflect how I want to end my career and how I want to attack this season," Dumervil said. "It was tough not being out there with your guys. But they're working and working hard with the guys inside, training guys. I'm excited. It's time."

Is this possibly Dumervil's last season?

"I'm not saying that," he said. "All I'm saying is I'm excited and you just revalue playing in this game. You just never know when you're healthy enough or it's taken away from you. It put things in perspective, and really go out and really try to dominate every play that you can."

Former NFL quarterback Drew Bledsoe took to social media to recognize Terrell Suggs' shout out, even if it was sort of backhanded compliment.

On Wednesday, Suggs was asked about the challenge of facing a mobile quarterback like Raiders quarterback Derek Carr.

"Every week, you get a mobile quarterback," Suggs said. "There aren’t any more Drew Bledsoes who just stood there and take it like a man; God bless him. All these quarterbacks are looking to make plays with their feet to extend plays and make plays downfield.”

Asked if he wished there were more quarterbacks like Bledsoe, Suggs said, “Oh, definitely. Drew Bledsoe, he took it like a man. He just liked to sit in there, and he waited for his guys to get open, which gave us a lot more time. We are thankful for Drew Bledsoe."

Word got back to Bledsoe, who offered this response:

Bledsoe, who started for the Patriots, Bills and Cowboys from 1993 to 2006, was sacked 467 times in his career. That amounts to getting sacked 2.4 times per game.

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BEREA, Ohio -- There' a game to play and a week to wait, but recent developments bring some intrigue to the Cleveland Browns offense.

In a good way.

Terrelle Pryor is coming off an overall game that has not been seen in the NFL in 52 years. Pryor's 200-yard game has everyone from his agent to last-place fantasy team owners taking notice.( But perhaps most important about Pryor's day of versatility Sunday in Miami was that he caught eight passes for 144 yards. And he did that just more than a year after deciding to switch from quarterback to receiver.

The move was greeted with plenty of skepticism, for good reason. The transition is difficult. But Pryor worked like a mad man, and this season he leads the Browns with 14 receptions for 244 yards.

"I think people wondered if his NFL career was over," left tackle Joe Thomas said. "He came in here with a chip on his shoulder and with something to prove, and I think he's proven it in a big way."

Pryor's 144 yards against Miami were the most by a Browns receiver since Josh Gordon had 151 against New England in December 2013. That brings to mind that Gordon is five days from returning to practice and 12 days from returning to the field.

If this really is the new normal for Pryor, against New England the Browns would have two big receivers in Pryor and Gordon, a Pro Bowl tight end in Gary Barnidge and the league's second-leading rusher in Isaiah Crowell. One of the receivers would be a guy who led the league in receiving yards the last time he played close to a full season. In a month they would add Corey Coleman as the third receiver.

The one thing the Browns lack, of course, is the big, strong-armed quarterback to get all these guys the ball. (Carson Wentz's name will not be be mentioned.) But a group like that should help a quarterback.

It doesn't guarantee success, but it certainly is intriguing. And the intrigue is backed by the credibility Pryor and Coleman provided in regular-season games; in the first three games, they each have 100-yard receiving games.

The Browns suddenly would have a combination they have lacked, with big wideouts and a dependable tight end and a running game and a creative coach.

Terrelle PryorJay LaPrete/APWith Terrelle Pryor, Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman, the Browns suddenly could have a dynamic group of receivers.

The potential is at a minimum interesting, and at its best exciting.

"I think certainly since training camp, we've been looking forward to having Josh come back in Week 5," Thomas said. "To have two big guys like that is pretty special because not only are they big and they can win the 50-50 fade balls, but they've got a lot of speed and I think you saw it in the game.

"Guys would have a good angle on Terrelle, but he just ran around them. You can turn those quick slants into a 50- or 60-yard gain; that is a game-changer. That's something that very few people possess."

A lot has to happen for it all to come together.

Crowell and Duke Johnson ran for 148 yards in Miami and averaged just short of six yards per carry. That must continue against defenses that will be ranked a lot higher than the Dolphins — who are 28th in the league.

"The exciting thing for me is that I look our run game and we really haven't been on our details yet because it's still really new," Thomas said. "We've only been in it for three real games."

Gordon must come back like his old self when he returns against New England in Week 5. He can't play the way he did in 2014. It must be like 2013. Gordon gave great effort in the third preseason game; in the fourth, when he knew he'd be out for four games after it ended, not so much.

Pryor also has to show he is the real deal and not a one-game wonder. The fact that the Dolphins seemed unprepared for him is borderline mind-boggling, but now teams have film on him. Redskins coach Jay Gruden said over and over on a conference call that the Redskins must be aware where Pryor is at all times.

Pryor also will get his fill of standout cornerback Josh Norman. Coach Hue Jackson admitted that Pryor can be a hothead who must control his emotions. Norman has proven that he can get under an opposing player's skin, and he's not afraid to try.

If the Browns have proven nothing over the last 17 seasons, it's that talk really doesn't matter.

This season there are tangible reasons for optimism. But at this point it's still a hope.

It still has to actually ... you know ... happen.

videoPITTSBURGH -- A little tale-of-the-tape action, brought to you by Matchups, Inc...

The battle: Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown vs. Kansas City Chiefs CB Marcus Peters

The skinny: The game's best receiver goes to work against one of the league's budding stars.

Brown's story: Went from sixth-round pick out of Central Michigan to a fantasy football dream pick with an NFL-record 265 catches over a two-year span (2014-15).

Peters' story: Overcame character concerns at Washington to become a first-round pick who snagged 12 interceptions in his first 19 NFL games. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger calls Peters a "tremendous talent" and "one of the best."

Brown, to a Steeler: "He's the best in the world." -- Roethlisberger

Peters, to a Chief: "He's doing things that haven't been done. He can't be compared right now." -- Chiefs OLB Tamba Hali

How to guard Brown: Shade a safety, throw different looks his way, sack the quarterback -- and he still runs plays that are virtually impossible to guard, particularly his sideline work on deep outs.

How to go at Peters: "Attack," said Steelers receiver Markus Wheaton. Peters and the entire Chiefs secondary is so talented that passive play just won't work, Wheaton said.

How will Peters cover Brown?: Like Richard Sherman, Josh Norman and others, Peters primarily plays on one side of the field, the left side. If Peters shadowed Brown, that would go against everything the Chiefs showed all season. The Steelers won't totally ignore that side of the field, so Peters and Brown will match up on occasion, especially with the way Brown moves all over the formation. But as the Steelers showed in Week 1 in Washington, they can avoid a good corner and find the matchup they want -- that week, it was Brown on Bashaud Breeland. The Chiefs' other corner, Phillip Gaines, is also a tough matchup.

Futile game prep: Neither team has an adequate teammate/practice foe to simulate Peters or Brown. On a conference call with Steelers media, Chiefs coach Andy Reid laughed when asked about his scout team mirroring Brown's route-running.

Who's hotter?: Would have to say Peters since the Chiefs are fresh off a six-pick blitz on Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Brown did his part in Philly with 12 catches for 140 yards, but otherwise the Steelers' offense was limited in a 34-3 loss to the Eagles. The Chiefs are hotter, and Peters is leading that charge, so that makes Peters hotter.

Who has edge?: Brown will get a fair amount of catches, but Peters has more help. If Le'Veon Bell can be an equalizer, Brown will have more room to operate. That's where the chess game begins. Slight edge to Brown because of consistency, but Peters jumps routes better than almost anyone. Don't be surprised if he tries to bait Big Ben into an interception while targeting Brown.

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CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Bengals might not be saying it, but Thursday night's game means a lot.

Right now, they're not going to speak beyond generalities. They've said their goal is to reach .500 by the end of the season's first quarter. If they do that, they can keep pace in the AFC.

"It's still so early," Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton said earlier in the week. "A lot can be accomplished for us, but we need to move on. Luckily for us, we do have a short week."

But if they can't? Well, they haven't talked about that yet, but it would be their worst start since 2008, when the Bengals began the season 0-4.

"I wouldn't say it's concerning," Bengals running back Jeremy Hill said following the team's 1-2 start. "It boils down to us buckling down and winning a football game."

Andy DaltonAaron Doster/USA TODAY SportsAndy Dalton has a 4-9 record in prime-time games since joining the NFL in 2011.

The Bengals have back-to-back road trips coming up against the Cowboys and the Patriots. Cincinnati got the unlucky draw of getting the Patriots on Tom Brady's first game back at Gillette Stadium following the end of his suspension.

That makes a win against a struggling 1-2 Dolphins squad vital.

It's not clear how the Bengals, who have a lot of new faces this season, would respond if they fell two games under .500. But it is clear there will be a lot on Dalton's shoulders Thursday night, and that has meant trouble during Dalton's career under the bright lights of prime time.

Dolphins tackle Ndamukong Suh said this week that the goal is to make the Bengals one-dimensional. In the last two games, teams have succeeded in doing that. When the Bengals failed to run the ball, their passing offense couldn't keep up.

Forced to play catch-up against the Broncos, the Bengals didn't even attempt a designed rush in the fourth quarter.

The Dolphins bring in one of the worst rushing defenses in the league and have allowed the second-most passes on screen plays this season. That's something the Bengals likely will try to attack.

But if Miami figures out the blueprint to beating Cincinnati, taking away their run game and forcing them to pass, the load once again rests on Dalton and A.J. Green.

That's been a lethal combination in the past, but not in the last two weeks. Green was furious at himself after dropping a key third-down pass against the Broncos.

"This offense starts with me," he said after the game. "When I'm making plays, this offense, everything falls into place."

It's more than just a typical game for Dalton. He has to reverse a trend.

Dalton's record in prime time isn't exactly stellar, and his last meeting against the Dolphins, a Thursday night game in 2013, didn't go well. He threw three interceptions and was sacked in the end zone for a walk-off safety in overtime, allowing the Dolphins to win 22-20.

The Bengals are 4-9 in prime-time games since 2011 with Dalton at quarterback. In those games, he's passed for 16 touchdowns to 12 interceptions, with a total QBR of 36.4. According to ESPN Stats and Information, only Mark Sanchez and Christian Ponder have compiled worse prime-time QBR since 2011.

It's a marked contrast to his record in all other games -- 47-19-1, a QBR of 60.5, 110 touchdowns and 63 interceptions in non-prime-time games. The Bengals went 1-2 in three straight prime-time games under Dalton last season, although he passed for five touchdowns to one interception in them.

He has to flip that script on Thursday.

It hasn't been the easiest transition for the Bengals offense. Tight end Tyler Eifert, who led the team is 13 touchdowns, is out with an injury. Marvin Jones, the NFL's leading receiver in yards, is now playing for the Lions. Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson departed to coach the Cleveland Browns. The departures make it easier for teams to key in on Green, particularly if there's no running threat to worry about.

Additionally, Dalton has been sacked 12 times, which is tied for most in the NFL and is more than halfway to his 2015 total of 20 sacks.

Dalton has completed 75-of-115 passes for 938 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions this season. Dalton is fifth overall in passing yards, but it's been a misleading statistic.

Four of the top five quarterbacks leading in passing yards have losing records, indicating the team has passed more because they're playing from behind. It's not exactly a statistic Dalton wants to lead in.

A win Thursday could say a lot about this team, and about Dalton's ability to shoulder the load if the run game struggles again.

"We have a ways to go, and it's now a gut-check week," Hill said

PITTSBURGH -- The Steelers never miss out on a chance to get the best of the Cleveland Browns.

The Steelers have defeated the Browns 20 times since 2004, and Pittsburgh running back DeAngelo Williams used that position of power to dig Terrelle Pryor's quote that Cleveland, at 0-3, can win out.

On Twitter, Williams posted an NFL.com screen grab of Pryor saying the Browns are capable of winning the rest of their games, followed by a comment of his own.

"Once we get over that hump, I think we're going to have a lot of success, even this year," Pryor told reporters Wednesday. "I think we can win all the rest of the games."

The Buckeyes are 3-0, ranked No. 2 and are chasing another national title under Urban Meyer. Pryor played quarterback at Ohio State from 2008-10. He won a Rose Bowl as Ohio State quarterback, but holds a complicated legacy there because of allegations that Pryor and other players received cash and tattoos in exchange for signed memorabilia and championship rings. The exchanges prompted an NCAA investigation and resulted in the resignation of coach Jim Tressel. Pryor entered the 2011 NFL supplemental draft, and after struggling as a pro quarterback, Pryor has found a landing strip in Cleveland as a receiver.

After a few wins, perhaps Pryor will return the favor to @DeAngeloRB with a fun volley.

 

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PITTSBURGH -- Forget toting the rock. Brad Salem saw the NFL trajectory as soon as Le'Veon Bell gripped a marker.

On Fridays, the Michigan State assistant coach used to test his running backs on the status of the offense -- where all 11 players should be on a given play. Not every running back cared all that much, Salem said, but a young Bell would perk up in those sessions. He'd illustrate every protection, every route, every audible, channeling his inner John Nash.

"He really has a rare football mind," said Salem, now Michigan State's quarterbacks coach. "You could see where his career was going really quickly. Just a joy to coach."

That was a simpler time for Bell, who for the second consecutive season faces a test on the status of his career. Back from a three-game suspension for missed drug tests, Bell recognizes he's making changes off the field, including taking care of his body and doing whatever possible to stay on the field.

Those who know Bell speak fondly of him, as if any red flag should be washed white. But explaining why the NFL's substance abuse policy keeps holding Bell back is a difficult proposition.

It won't be linebackers or safeties derailing Bell from a potential Hall of Fame path.

Only knee injuries or more poor decisions off the field can do that.

Bell has nearly 4,200 yards from scrimmage by age 24, he's in a contract year and his reconstructed knee is fully healthy.

Without sustained success, those previous headlines -- a possession DUI charge in 2014 and several missed drug tests this offseason -- are far too convenient for his detractors.

"I’m not a perfect person. I never will be," Bell said to reporters on Monday. "I’m not going to try to be. I understand there are some things I can get better at, and I’m going to shoot to get better at them."

After getting to know Bell for three seasons in Pittsburgh, Will Johnson knows the running back has one defining character trait.

He loves to respond to challenges.

BellJamie McDonald/Getty ImagesLe'Veon Bell is returning from a three-game suspension for missed drug tests.

When the team wanted Bell to slim down from 235 pounds after his rookie season, Bell dropped 20 pounds and maintained lean muscle with no problems. When the Pittsburgh Steelers used to play pickup basketball, Bell would compare himself to LeBron James.

"He was trying to go for 50 every time," said Johnson, now an H-back for the New York Giants. "And he'd let you know about it."

Bell has attacked his knee rehab in the same way. He's fully recovered from torn medial collateral and posterior cruciate ligaments suffered from a Vontaze Burfict tackle in Week 8 of last year.

Bell's new challenge is proving he's worth a long-term investment from the franchise for his play on the field and his dependability off it.

Bell has a safe landing strip in the Steelers locker room, which offers a jersey, a helmet and an opportunity without judgment. Several players say Bell has earned credibility in the locker room despite his issues because he's a team-first guy who "works his ass off," as one player put it.

"Everybody deserves chances," running back DeAngelo Williams said. "And not only do they deserve chances, we've got to forgive and we've got to forget. That's what us as a society forget. We all make mistakes. Sometimes we make multiple mistakes. ... Sometimes, it coincides with the first mistake we made in the beginning. Everybody's entitled to their own opinion. ... But we're going to support him whatever he does, just like they will support me or anybody else in this locker room. We grind together."

Williams calls Bell a great teammate who's "cool as hell." Bell has had no problems blending into the locker room, when he's available, which is the core issue.

Bell seems to recognize that, saying "obviously" he let his team down by missing three games and is ready to "show people what I'm able to do" over an extended period.

After talking with Bell over the summer, Salem didn't know all the details of the looming suspension but felt the need to encourage him anyway. He knows how devastated he'd be if he lost football for good.

"There's just nothing red flag about him," Salem said. "I know there's a bump in the road. You just want him to experience success in life. Our hope is that continues to happen for him. That's what I told him."

Shortly after the latest suspension, Bell released a video on social media that was quickly taken down. The reason for releasing it -- explaining why he missed the drug tests and how he's grown -- was well-intentioned. That he mentioned he hadn't smoked marijuana since December 2014 -- otherwise, after his DUI -- helps explain why the video might have been removed.

The video itself probably wasn't a great decision, but going nearly two years without smoking is considered progress.

Bell can find a schedule and approach that works for him.

"Keep setting new goals and be better than you were before, which he's already reached in that respect," Johnson said. "So it's about just continuing to do what he does every day in terms of getting ready for the field, and the rest will follow suit."

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh has been going casual on game days lately, wearing a gray T-shirt on the sidelines.

The Ravens have won the last two weeks with Harbaugh sporting the new attire, and assistant equipment manager Tommy Wood told the coach that it'll be laundered and ready to go for Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders.

John Harbaugh
Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY SportsJohn Harbaugh has been stylish in his gray t-shirt while leading the Ravens to a 3-0 record.

Does Harbaugh believe this is his lucky shirt?

"No, I'm superstitious about not being superstitious," Harbaugh said. "I think it's really important to not be superstitious.”

Harbaugh's typical game-day wardrobe has been polos, pullovers and windbreakers. After wearing a white polo in the season opener, he decided to change up his apparel.

Bill Belichick is known for his signature hoodies. Rex Ryan has cornered the market for sweater vests. Maybe Harbaugh is setting the trend for short-sleeve T-shirts.

"A lot of these guys, the NFL coaches, they're on the sideline and wearing their cool stuff, and I felt like I wasn't cool enough with my golf shirt out there," Harbaugh said. "So I wanted to freshen it up a little bit."

The Ravens are 3-0 for the first time since 2009, and some don't want to mess with the winning T-shirt formula. But Harbaugh doesn't know if the new look will hold up.

"You know, the T-shirt took a beating [on Sunday]," Harbaugh said. "It was hot, kind of rough, a lot of hugs happened out there, but [the assistant equipment manager] said, 'We're saving this one.'"

Will everyone be seeing Harbaugh wearing the T-shirt for the Monday Night Football game in New England in December?

“You will not," Harbaugh said. "I don't like being cold.”

If the Ravens remain undefeated with him in the T-shirt, would he reconsider wearing it in New England?

"If that T-shirt can stretch and fit over a parka or something like that, then we might have a chance," Harbaugh joked.

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