Morning take: L.J. could play Sunday


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.

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.