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Morning take: Rogers unhappy with play

Posted by ESPN.com’s James Walker

Here are the most interesting stories Friday in the AFC North:

  • According to Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Browns Pro Bowl nose tackle Shaun Rogers is not happy with his play or the performance of the defense.

Morning take: Rogers still blows up offensive lines but has yet to single-handedly take over a game like he did several times in 2008. Still, Rogers needs help from the other 10 defenders or Cleveland’s 3-4 scheme doesn't work.

  • Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times says look out for the Tom Brady-Ed Reed chess match when the New England Patriots host the Baltimore Ravens.

Morning take: The winner of this tussle has a great chance to win the game for his team. Both players are extremely cerebral.

  • In seven career games, Scott Brown of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says it’s hard to judge Steelers tailback Rashard Mendenhall.

Morning take: Even in his second season, I can't say I have a good feel for Mendenhall’s skills at the NFL level. This is an important stretch for him to start proving he fits in Pittsburgh’s offense.

  • Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga (knee) and tailback Cedric Benson (knee) returned to practice Thursday, writes Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Morning take: It looks like both will be ready for Sunday’s game against the Browns. Check the AFC North blog this afternoon for picks of each division game.