Wake-up call: Browns go 'Duck' hunting

January, 2, 2013
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It's a new year, but we still have the same routine. Just like every Wednesday, the weekly column will get posted around noon and the chat will kick off at 2 p.m. ET. For starters, here is your wake-up call:

RAVENS: Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh isn't giving any indication whether Ray Lewis is going to play in the wild-card playoff game Sunday and bristled at the question. "It's all going to be a game-time decision as far as anybody knows," Harbaugh said, via The Baltimore Sun. "This is the playoffs, and we're not talking about injuries. We're not talking about activations. We really don't care what you or anybody else thinks about that, and we're getting ready to play a football game." Lewis has been practicing for nearly a month, but he hasn't played in a game since tearing his triceps on Oct. 14.

BENGALS: Cincinnati Bengals ffensive coordinator Jay Gruden is hopeful that running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis will play in Saturday's wild-card game after hurting his hamstring before the regular-season finale. “He’s got a little twinge right now, but it looks like he’s going to be fine," Gruden said, via The Cincinnati Enquirer. "It will be important to us. We have other backs also that can run the ball. We’re not going to change our plan at all. It never varies. We have a good run plan going in, but Houston’s a good run defense as we all know. It’s going to be important to try to force the issue.”

STEELERS: Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin wouldn't go into specifics when evaluating the performance of offensive coordinator Todd Haley, but he did acknowledge that it took time to learn the new system. "Certainly, but not that it is unexpected and not that it is an excuse, much like the injuries," Tomlin said, via The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I acknowledge that growing pains are a part of transition but I didn't believe that it would be significant enough to prevent us from winning and I still don't. It's not an excuse, much like the injuries."

BROWNS: Cleveland Browns chief executive officer Joe Banner is in Arizona to interview Oregon Ducks coach Chip Kelly, according to CBS Sports. Kelly's Ducks play in the Fiesta Bowl on Thursday. Kelly is reportedly the top candidate for the Browns and the Eagles. While in Arizona, Banner talked to Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton, which satisfies the Rooney Rule. CBS Sports speculated that the Browns could turn their attention to Penn State coach Bill O'Brien if they are unable to land Kelly.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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