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Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Morning take: Derrick Mason injured

By James Walker
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

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

Morning take: Mason could join fellow starter Mark Clayton (hamstring) on the sidelines against Washington. That would leave young receivers such as Demetrius Williams, Justin Harper and Marcus Smith to get a lot of quality reps.

Morning take: Teams use the exhibition season for different reasons. But for veteran club like Pittsburgh, this summer should be mostly about staying healthy.

Morning take: It's probably best not to rush Palmer. The offensive line needs to step up and make sure their quarterback gets out of his first game back unscathed.

Morning take: Realizing the potential frenzy it would cause to give one quarterback the edge, coach Eric Mangini decided to list both as starters. Smart move.