The AFC Notebook

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

Infamous Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger will play in Saturday night's exhibition game against the New York Giants per Yahoo!Sports. Saturday night will be his first game action since drawing a six-game suspension—but coach Mike Tomlin wouldn't say Thursday if he will start.

In Indianapolis, numerous injuries have caused a restructuring of the offensive line. Center Jeff Saturday had his knee scoped a week into training camp. Offensive line tackle Charlie Johnson is managing a sore right foot. Offensive right tackle Ryan Diem has missed time after the birth of his first son. Offensive tackle Adam Terry is also on the DL. Free-agent acquisition offensive guard Andy Alleman was waived after a back injury. Rookie offensive guard Jacques McClendon has missed time with an injury to his lower right leg. Offensive guard Jaimie Thomas was in a boot after the club's first preseason game against the 49ers. And lastly, offensive right guard Kyle DeVan has a sore hamstring. We thought Congress fixed this issue months ago…

Jets head coach Rex Ryan has spoken with former Colts head coach Tony Dungy about his criticism of Ryan for his use of profanity in HBO's "Hard Knocks" series. According to MSNBCSports, Ryan said Wednesday that Dungy, who is a devout Christian, unfairly judged him for his foul language on the HBO show. Dungy told "The Dan Patrick Show" on Monday that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell should talk to Ryan about his excessive cursing on the team's reality show about their training camp.

San Diego holdout left tackle Marcus McNeill met Wednesday with San Diego Chargers general manager A.J. Smith, although it is not clear if the session was productive. McNeill, who protects Charges' quarterback Philip Rivers' blind side, is unhappy at not getting a long-term deal and is believed to be willing to sit out the season's first 10 games and then play in the remaining six games to fulfill the season. The Chargers have responded by threatening to place McNeill on the roster exempt list if he doesn't sign his contract tender by Friday, August 20th. CBSSports says that by being placed on the roster exempt list, he would face a three-game suspension once he's signed.

Buffalo Bills starting safety Jairus Byrd flies to the disabled list as he is out indefinitely and may miss the 2010 season opener after having surgery for the third time in 13 months to repair a chronic groin injury. Head coach Chan Gailey said the injury is related to the groin injury that spelled the end of the season for Byrd last year. Byrd had surgery to repair the injury this past offseason. CBSSports is reporting that followed an operation when he had to repair a sports hernia the previous summer.

Tennessee Titans saw some action at training camp that would have made Mike Tyson proud. Rookie running back LeGarrette Blount capped off an eventful night practice with a short punch to the helmet of defensive end Eric Bakhtiari just moments after having his own helmet ripped off for the second time in two plays. "He apologized, and I said he didn't have to apologize," Head coach Jeff Fisher said to Yahoo!Sports. "It's football. It's training camp." No word on if Dungy approved of the apology or not.

Lauren Benson writes the weekly AFC Notebook.


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