- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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Here are the most interesting stories Thursday in the AFC North:
After clearing waivers, the Cincinnati Bengals made an offer to former Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Jeff Reed. But he declined.
Morning take: Good idea for Cincinnati. Reed will take time off to recharge, but the Bengals could make another push next week.
Cleveland Browns fullback Lawrence Vickers is having another solid season.
Morning take: Vickers remains one of the most underrated players in the AFC North. Everyone he blocks for (Jamal Lewis, Jerome Harrison, Peyton Hillis) in Cleveland has success.
Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed is still trying to get his legs under him.
Morning take: Reed will be more dangerous when he gets healthy. We will have more on Baltimore's pass defense Thursday (hint, hint).
Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel (hamstring) is slowly working his way back.
Morning take: Hamstrings can be tricky. The Steelers are without both starting defensive ends. So Keisel will be a welcomed addition if he's ready Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.