- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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Here are the most interesting stories Thursday in the AFC North:
Is it a foregone conclusion that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's conditional six-game suspension will be reduced to four games?
Morning take: Barring any last-minute setbacks, it sure looks that way. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has been very complimentary of Roethlisberger lately, setting the table for such an announcement.
Cleveland Browns rookie safety T.J. Ward is seeking a starting job.
Morning take: Cleveland's rookie class has a golden opportunity to play right away for the Browns. Ward should be one of those contributors.
Former player and current NFL analyst Chris Collinsworth believes the Cincinnati Bengals are a legit contender.
Morning take: Expectations are very high in Cincinnati. We will have much more on the Bengals this afternoon (hint, hint).
Jameel McClain has the lead at inside linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens.
Morning take: This race isn't over. Dannell Ellerbe and Tavares Gooden should also be in the mix this preseason.