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.