- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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Here are the most interesting stories Thursday in the AFC North:
Baltimore Ravens right tackle Jared Gaither (back) could return for the season opener against the New York Jets.
Morning take: The Ravens have been banged up at right tackle this preseason. Gaither is the best of the bunch but is dealing with his back injury and adding weight.
Pittsburgh Steelers first-round pick Maurkice Pouncey will get his chance to win the starting job at center.
Morning take: This is a good move by Pittsburgh. Pouncey is a better center than guard. So it can only help the rookie to keep him at his natural position.
Veteran cornerback Sheldon Brown has been a good pickup for the Cleveland Browns.
Morning take: Browns general manager Tom Heckert was familiar with Brown from their time together in Philadelphia. Cleveland was wise to add a veteran to the mix of young players in its secondary.
Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Keith Rivers is focusing on making big plays this year.
Morning take: Rivers was solid last season, recording a career-high 101 tackles. But Cincinnati's defense overall could use more splash plays such as sacks and turnovers.