Here are the most interesting stories Thursday in the AFC North:
Rich Cimini of the New York Daily News writes the Jets are not missing receiver Laveranues Coles.
Morning take: Coles wanted out of New York and signed a $28 million deal with the Cincinnati Bengals. Both parties could be heading to the playoffs while happily going their separate ways.
Kevin Van Valkenburg of the Baltimore Sun reports Ravens safety Ed Reed is a game-time decision against the Oakland Raiders.
Morning take: Baltimore could use Reed in any capacity for this must-win game. But the Ravens should be able to win Sunday with or without Reed.
Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette caught up with Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley, who believes the Bengals and New England Patriots will “lay down” this weekend.
Morning take: Pittsburgh's 2009 season would be over if that's the case. I think Woodley is trying to use some reverse psychology.
Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes return specialist Joshua Cribbs was the Browns' best player in 2009.
Morning take: This is another well-deserved honor for Cribbs. But it's also a poor reflection when Cleveland's best player is on special teams.