Baltimore coach John Harbaugh, who has a long-standing relationship with Ben Roethlisberger – both are Miami (Ohio) products – said he was just joking around when he said he was glad the Ravens had broken the quarterback's nose during their game at M&T Bank Stadium earlier this season.
Roethlisberger took it that way as well.
© In something that is sure to be played up in New England next week, Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs said Tuesday that the winner of the Baltimore-Pittsburgh game will win the Super Bowl.
If Suggs truly believes that - and there's no reason to suggest he doesn't - he just put a lot of added pressure on himself and his teammates.
If they don't win on Saturday, it's one thing.
But if they do, he gave Bill Belechick and Tom Brady some nice bulletin board material.
© Not that this is a real big deal, but the Steelers signed six players to futures contracts for the 2011 season, including linebacker Mortty Ivy, who played at Gateway High School in Monroeville and West Virginia University.
Also signed were linebacker Baraka Atkins, running back James Johnson, guard Kevin McCaskill, fullback/tight end Jamie McCoy and cornerback Donovan Warren.
None of these guys is seen as much more than practice fodder, but they will get an opportunity to open some eyes – if there's not a lockout.
© According to numerous reports, former Steelers quarterbacks coach Mark Whipple is going to be hired as the head coach at UConn.