Here are the most interesting stories Friday in the AFC North:
With starting tailback Cedric Benson (hip) still missing practice, it appears Larry Johnson could make his Cincinnati Bengals debut Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.
Morning take: The Bengals should beat Oakland with or without Benson and could still get Johnson acclimated to the new offense.
Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl linebacker Terrell Suggs doesn’t believe his sprained knee will end his season.
Morning take: But Suggs’ injury comes at an awful time for Baltimore, which needs to get hot down the stretch. Expect Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning to have a little extra time in the pocket Sunday.
Cleveland Browns cornerback Brandon McDonald is struggling with allowing big plays once again.
Morning take: McDonald had a good rookie stretch as a nickel cornerback a few years ago but was never the same player as a full-time starter. I’m surprised the Browns never found a way to place him back as the No. 3 corner.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hopes to redeem himself after a poor game against Cincinnati last week.
Morning take: It’s rare that Roethlisberger has bad games in back-to-back weeks. Don't expect it Sunday against the lowly Kansas City Chiefs.