Posted by ESPN.com’s James Walker
Here are the most interesting stories Tuesday in the AFC North:
Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com writes Cincinnati is still fuming from its surprising loss to the Denver Broncos.
Morning take: It’s understandable after a fluke play by Brandon Stokley. But the Bengals emotionally need to move on in order to prevent one loss from becoming two or three in a row.
Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes Steelers safety Troy Polamalu’s timeline for his sprained MCL remains three-to-six weeks.
Morning take: Considering the ugly spill, it could have been worse. Pittsburgh’s other great defensive players will have to pick up the slack in the meantime.
According to Edward Lee of the Baltimore Sun, the knee sprain for linebacker Tavares Gooden is not serious.
Morning take: This also is good news for Gooden, who has been injury-plague so far in his pro career. He needs as much early-season reps as possible to continue fitting in with his teammates.
Bill Livingston of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes it will be hard for the Browns to beat great teams without great talent.
Morning take: Our AFC North inbox was filled with ire from Browns fans when I wrote the same premise Sunday. The Browns can win games. But with a shallow talent pool, their margin for error is smaller than most this season.