Bengals Banter: More Injury Updates, A Championship Prediction And AFC North Troubles

CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 11: Mohamed Sanu #12 of the Cincinnati Bengals works out during a rookie minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium on May 11, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

First a somber note. SB Nation lost one of our own this week with the passing of Tim Allen, who ran SB Nation's Minnesota Timberwolves site Canis Hoopus. Seth Pollack, NBA League Manager for SB Nation, writes a few words on Allen's site. It's never easy to lose colleagues and fellow bloggers who put the same time and passion into their craft as we do. There's a bond of brotherly spirit among all of us. So heartfelt prayers and condolences to his family.

+ Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis told reporters on Wednesday that they're reevaluate Brandon Ghee's injury after four weeks, or just before final cuts following the preseason game No. 4. Despite that, players that sat our recently are starting to make their way back to the practice field.

+ Bernard Scott's hand is currently in a cast however his prognosis is slightly better than Brandon Ghee. Geoff Hobson wrote on Wednesday that there's a "belief" that Scott could return "shortly after the preseason."

+ We posted a comparative look of the depth chart for the past three years. And all it did was recite nightmares about Daniel Coats. My bad.

+ One scenario for how defensive end Micah Johnson can make the 53-man roster.

+ Pete Prisco with believes that the Cincinnati Bengals are favorites to win the AFC North.

+ Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu joined the scout team on Wednesday as a quarterback emulating Tim Tebow.

+ Cornerback Nate Clements practiced at strong safety during Wednesday's practice.

+ If you're looking to join or create a Cincy Jungle Fantasy Football league, go here.

+ Here's something to put in your Google calendar: Have cup of coffee and watch the day completely collapse afterward. The Cleveland Browns not only acquiesced, they did it with a smile on Wednesday. Rookie running back Trent Richardson visited with Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday with a tentatively scheduled procedure to "remove a 'hang nail particle' of loose cartilage that is irritating the left knee".

The Browns' itinerary of disaster continued on Wednesday when reports surfaced that cornerback Joe Haden is facing a four-game suspension after a failed drug test. If Haden is suspended, he adds to an already growing list of defensive starters missing the start of the season, which includes Scott Fujita, Chris Cocong (entire year) and Phil Taylor.

As for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Mike Wallace haven't initiated any contact recently. The wide receiver has avoided training camp like women avoid science fiction.

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