AFC North: safety rules
Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker
Here are the most interesting stories Wednesday in the AFC North:
- The NFL approved the "Hines Ward rule," preventing contact to the head on blindside blocks, at the owners' meeting Tuesday.
Morning take: Welcome to the NFFL: The National Flag Football League.
- Cleveland Browns coach Eric Mangini says expect another quarterback competition this summer between Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn.
- The Cincinnati Bengals are looking to get back to the deep ball with the return of quarterback Carson Palmer and receivers Chad Ocho Cinco and Laveranues Coles.
Morning take: They better get protection for Palmer in the draft first, or he will be on his back before the receivers finish their routes.
Morning take: Absolutely. His namesake and legacy are solid. But Pace has to be able to stay healthy to make a difference next season.