Around the AFC North

Around the AFC North
November 22, 2012, 1:30 am
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A little look around the AFC North:

*Bruce Arians, canned by the Steelers as offensive coordinator after last season, is serving as interim coach of the Colts while Chuck Pagano deals with leukemia. Asked what he’s thankful for as we head into Thanksgiving, Arians said he thanks Pittsburgh for firing him.

“I’m thankful for the Pittsburgh Steelers letting me go to be here," he said. "Truthfully, I couldn’t think of a better place to be at this point in time and to have felt more needed probably in my entire life. So, thank you, Pittsburgh.”

*Former Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer is expecting a loud reception in Cincinnati on Sunday when he comes in with his current team, the Raiders. And he doesn’t mean an ovation acknowledging all he did as a Bengal. After forcing the trade that sent him to Oakland, Palmer anticipates hearing boos.

“I expect it to be loud and extremely electric,” Palmer said. “I’m not exactly expecting a welcome back. But I know it’s going to be loud. They always are extremely loud when the opposing offense is on the field, and I’m sure it will be just a little bit louder with me out there.”

*The Browns are staging a promotion for Sunday’s game with the Steelers in which fans entering the stadium will be given small white flags to wave. Apparently, no one seemed to think this would make it seem the crowd was surrendering.

The Plain Dealer’s Bud Shaw wrote: “There is an orange helmet on the flag and the name "Cleveland Browns," presumably to clear up any confusion over which side has customarily given up hope of going home with a win.”