Gridiron Gab Links – AFC Afternoon Edition 8/18

The Steelers took running back Rashard Mendenhall off the PUP list Friday. “Now whether he plays in those first six weeks we don’t know, but, obviously, we feel there’s a chance that could happen. Be it Week 5 or Week 6, that could be a difference,” GM Kevin Colbert said. – Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Vince Young distanced himself from Tyler Thigpen some more Friday night in the battle for the Buffalo Bills’ backup job. Bills coach Chan Gailey said “You’d have to say Vince came out a little bit ahead tonight.” – Buffalo News

NFL rushing champion Maurice Jones-Drew is still boycotting training camp, but he and Owner Shad Khan recently had a meeting to try and clear the air. – Yahoo Sports

Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reports that Raven QB Joe Flacco is poised to have more control over team’s offense this season. The key to all of this will depend on how much freedom offensive coordinator Cam Cameron’s is willing to give Flacco at the line of scrimmage. – NFL Trade Rumors

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