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Here are the top stories Friday in the AFC North:
Chick Ludwig of the Dayton Daily News writes the Cincinnati Bengals have no interest in free agent linebacker/defensive end Greg Ellis.
Morning take: There seems to be varying reports on Cincinnati's interest, or lack thereof, in Ellis. He has a connection with Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, so we will see if anything develops.
The Baltimore Ravens signed the first AFC North draft pick of 2009, agreeing to a three-year, $1.324 million contract with fifth-rounder Davon Drew, Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times reports.
Morning take: With injuries to tight ends Todd Heap, L.J. Smith and Quinn Sypniewski, Drew is getting a lot of reps right now with the starters. Signing early doesn't hurt the rookie, either.
After a minor knee tweak Wednesday, Ben Roethlisberger returned to practice Thursday, writes Scott Brown of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Morning take: For most NFL players this isn't much of a news item. But when it happens to Roethlisberger, it is a big deal for two days.
Cleveland Browns coach Eric Mangini said he won't decide on starting quarterback Brady Quinn or Derek Anderson until the exhibition season, according to Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Morning take: If the team wants a full evaluation of its two quarterbacks, preseason games have to be a part of the equation. Expect a decision sometime around the third preseason game.