Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker
Here are the most interesting stories Tuesday in the AFC North:
- Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes the Browns cut seven players, including quarterback Ken Dorsey and linebacker Antwan Peek.
Morning take: This is the first sign of change for new coach Eric Mangini. Perhaps more are on the way.
- David Steele of the Baltimore Sun says Ravens fans shouldn't get worked up with Ray Lewis talking about joining other teams.
Morning take: This is just the business side of football. Lewis has options and he knows it. It doesn't mean he wouldn't love to return to Baltimore.
- The Cincinnati Bengals want to improve on special teams, writes Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com.
Morning take: If Cincinnati loses kicker and pending free agent Shayne Graham, it could get even worse.
- Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger tells Peter King of Sports Illustrated that he played in Super Bowl XLIII with fractured ribs.
Morning take: I'm not sure why Roethlisberger would say this now, especially since the team is denying knowledge of it. But it could also be a subtle cry for help.
1:49 1st Qtr Philadelphia 6 Washington 3 8:25 PM ET San Diego San Francisco
1:00 PM ET Minnesota Miami 1:00 PM ET Baltimore Houston 1:00 PM ET Detroit Chicago 1:00 PM ET Cleveland Carolina 1:00 PM ET Atlanta New Orleans 1:00 PM ET Green Bay Tampa Bay 1:00 PM ET Kansas City Pittsburgh 1:00 PM ET New England New York 4:05 PM ET New York St. Louis 4:25 PM ET Buffalo Oakland 4:25 PM ET Indianapolis Dallas 8:30 PM ET Seattle Arizona