Following are a couple of the whispers we've heard from around the AFC North:
• The Ravens signed rookie OLB Sergio Kindle to a one-year contract on Sept. 24, and he'll rehabilitate with the team on the non-football injury list as he recovers from a skull fracture suffered in July. Head coach John Harbaugh told Baltimore reporters that for Kindle, "balance, reactions — stuff that would be brain-related — it's just going to be a process of getting back on track. I'm sure, as far as a normal person, he's probably fine. But when you're talking about playing football at this level, he's not there." For his part, Kindle, who was injured when he fell down a flight of stairs, is "150 percent" confident he can return to the player he was, and he is trying to make the best of the situation. "Being able to see things and be in the meetings will help me going into next season." Kindle told reporters. "I'll be a little bit more seasoned at my position."
• Bengals special-teams coach Darrin Simmons told PFW the club missed six tackles on kickoffs and punts in Cincinnati's first two games. "We're inexperienced," Simmons said of his coverage units. "It's a work in progress." The Bengals surrendered a 97-yard TD to Patriots KR Brandon Tate in Week One. Entering Week Three, Simmons said he was "fairly pleased" with the Bengals' punt coverage. As far as the Bengals' return game goes, Simmons likes the variety of talented options he has. Three different players have returned kickoffs and punts this season. RB Bernard Scott's 60-yard kickoff return in Week Two set up the go-ahead field goal in Cincinnati's 15-10 win over Baltimore.