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The AFC North is now tied for the league-lead in NFL lockout crime

By Matt Vensel

4:15 PM EDT, July 18, 2011

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I guess Ray Lewis was right when he said that crime in the AFC North would go up during the NFL lockout.

OK, that isn’t exactly what he said, but whatever. Four players from the division have been arrested in the past 10 days, pulling the AFC North into five-way tie for arrests since the lockout started on March 11.

The AFC West, AFC South, NFC North and NFC East each have four arrests apiece, but the AFC North had none before Steelers receiver Hines Ward was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence on July 9. Then the Bengals started being the Bengals, and next thing you know, the AFC North was back in this thing.

The other Adam Jones was charged with disorderly conduct while intoxicated and resisting arrest on July 10. Safety Marvin White was charged with simple assault four days later. Then on Sunday, oft-arrested Bengals running back Cedric Benson was arrested in Texas and charged with assault on a family member.

No Ravens have been arrested during the lockout.

The lockout is expected to end any day now -- Thursday is the day they keep reporting -- so time is running out for a division to pull ahead. My money is on the AFC South -- Kenny Britt is a one-man wrecking crew -- but don’t count out that plucky NFC East.

[Via ESPN]