Morning take: Will Houston get to Big Ben?
Posed by ESPN.com's James Walker
Here are the most interesting stories currently in the AFC North:
- The biggest concern in Pittsburgh this week is if the Houston Texans, particularly stud defensive end Mario Williams, will get to Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Morning take: Based on the numbers, it's a pretty good chance Roethlisberger will take some shots from the Texans' defense Sunday. The bigger questions are how hard and how many?
- Cincinnati Bengals fullback Jeremi Johnson was put on injured reserve Wednesday after suffering a knee injury earlier this week.
Morning take: We see this happen all the time. A player comes to training camp out of shape or holds out, and the first thing that happens upon their return is the player gets hurt. Johnson spent the entire summer trying to cut weight then couldn't make it through the first practice.
- We are wondering if the Cleveland Browns' secondary has a chance of stopping Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens?
Morning take: Browns cornerback Brandon McDonald and safety Sean Jones seem confident that the secondary can get the job done. Yet just about everyone outside the locker room is taking a wait-and-see approach.
- In the second major roster move Wednesday, the Baltimore Ravens put quarterback Kyle Boller (shoulder) on injured reserve, knocking him out for the season.
Morning take: This likely signals the end of the "Kyle Boller era" in Baltimore. What's ironic is it happens the same week the "Joe Flacco era" begins.