Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker
Here are the most interesting stories Thursday in the AFC North:
- The NFL approved the sale of shares of the Pittsburgh Steelers to Dan and Art Rooney II, ending several months of ownership uncertainty.
Morning take: This is great news for the Steelers and the NFL. The Rooneys are an important and influential part of the league and deserve to remain invested.
- Commissioner Roger Goodell backs referee Walt Coleman's ruling of a late touchdown in the Pittsburgh's 13-9 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.
Morning take: Goodell said it was "very good use of instant replay." We believe it was the exact opposite.
- Chad Ocho Cinco believes the Cincinnati Bengals will finish the year on a three-game winning streak.
Morning take: With upcoming games against the Cleveland Browns (4-10) and Kansas City Chiefs (2-12), Ocho Cinco could be correct.
- Browns tight end Steve Heiden, who will have surgery Thursday to repair a torn ACL, hopes to return for the 2009 season opener.
Morning take: ACL injuries can take anywhere from six months to a year, so there are no guarantees when Heiden will be ready. It will be interesting to see if his questionable status affects the Browns' offseason plans for starting tight end Kellen Winslow Jr.
1:00 PM ET Indianapolis Cincinnati 1:00 PM ET Atlanta Green Bay 1:00 PM ET Cleveland New England 1:00 PM ET Oakland New York 1:00 PM ET Detroit Philadelphia 1:00 PM ET Miami Pittsburgh 1:00 PM ET Buffalo Tampa Bay 1:00 PM ET Kansas City Washington 1:00 PM ET Minnesota Baltimore 4:05 PM ET Tennessee Denver 4:25 PM ET St. Louis Arizona 4:25 PM ET New York San Diego 4:25 PM ET Seattle San Francisco 8:30 PM ET Carolina New Orleans