The AFC Notebook

A weekly look at the news, notes and quick hits from around the AFC.

The clock has tolled on "Big Ben" and his leadership role with the Steelers as Ben Roethlisberger was not elected as a captain of the Steelers, a role he has had since 2007. Roethlisberger was the heart and soul of the Steelers teams that won Super Bowls in 2005 and 2008 and this is clearly a sign that the quarterback is no longer trusted by the entire locker room. Now the BIG question is how will the hometown fans react to "Big Ben" when he makes his first league after serving a four-game suspension for violating the league's conduct policy?

Former West Virginia standout Pat White was cut by the Dolphins on Saturday and went unclaimed on waivers the following day. One can't help but wonder if White will return to baseball where he was drafted by the Yankees in the late rounds of the 2009 draft. White was a third round selection by the Angels in 2005 out of high school as he stared as a pitcher and outfielder for Daphne High School. From the wildcat to maybe batting leadoff…

The Houston Texans have signed Matt Leinart to be their third string quarterback. Leinart was one of the biggest busts of the 2006 draft and he made headlines early in his career for the wrong reasons, eventually seeing Kurt Warner take the starting role and leading the Cardinals to their first ever Super Bowl appearance. Clearly, Leinart will always be beloved by USC Trojans fans but he will not be missed by many Cardinals' supporters…other than those he partied with. If everything is indeed bigger in Texas, then that goes for the beer pong tables too, Matt…

The Ravens have signed T.J. Houshmandzadeh and with the additions of Anquan Boldin and Donte Stallworth, Baltimore now may have the best receiving corps in the AFC. All of a sudden, the signing of Darrelle Revis becomes important not just come playoff time but for the Jets week one showdown with Baltimore. Houshmandzadeh told USA Today that going to Baltimore was a decision that was motivated by the player's desire to win. "Baltimore was about a chance to win the ring. Five or six teams have a legit shot to win a Super Bowl this year, and (the Ravens) were one of them," Houshmandzadeh told the paper.

Kenny Britt drew Jeff Fisher's ire last week for a lack of focus, but now Fisher feels Britt is returning to form. "He's focused today and he's in the game plan, and I'm obviously hoping he'll contribute," Fisher said to The Tennessean. The former Rutgers standout went over 700 yards receiving in his rookie year last season.

Matt Whitfield writes the weekly AFC Notebook for GreenAndWhiteReport.com


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