Veterans praise Mayfield's magnetic leadership
Baltimore Ravens: Quarterback Lamar Jackson is growing with each situation, which coach John Harbaugh pointed to as a benefit to having the rookie on the field. "He's getting better. Football is like that. Especially at that position. There's a lot of things that can happen in football, crazy scenarios, impossible to predict. You learn by experiencing them. ... These are things he continues to experience and learn from."
Cincinnati Bengals: Wide receiver A.J. Green will have season-ending surgery to repair torn ligaments in his right big toe, ESPN reported Monday. Green was in the locker room Monday wearing a walking boot, a day after he was in tears in the tunnel following a cart ride from the field. Green was returning Sunday after missing three games. He has 46 catches for 694 yards and six touchdowns in nine games this year, with all but the touchdown total marking career lows. Cincinnati has four games left in the regular season (Chargers, Raiders, Brown, Steelers).
Cleveland Browns: Center J.C. Tretter said it is beyond evident rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield has earned the respect of the locker room and the title of team leader. "His leadership -- especially as a rookie coming in -- it's so genuine," Tretter said. "People want to be around him; people gravitate toward him. And that's big because you gotta take a big step being a rookie in the locker room as well as leading older, veteran players. It's one of those things if you push too hard, if you are deemed fake, then people are gonna push back on you. But Baker's such a natural leader, such a genuine good person, it's made it easy to have older guys kinda gravitate toward him, work with and be excited to play with him."
Pittsburgh Steelers: When running back James Conner was helped off the field and had his left ankle examined, his season seemed to be in peril on Sunday night. However, coach Mike Tomlin said the second-year back has a leg contusion, and NFL Network reported the team was treating Conner's injury as a bruise. Swelling could dictate the plan for Conner the rest of the week. Jaylen Samuels replaced Conner on Sunday night and would be in line for a bigger workload if Conner is held out for the Week 14 game at Oakland.
--Field Level Media
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