Morning take: Justin Hartwig's future

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

  • After being demoted to backup center this week, veteran Justin Hartwig is concerned about his future with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Morning take: The writing was on the wall when the Steelers used a first-round pick at Hartwig's position. With Maurkice Pouncey getting rave reviews, Hartwig’s best chance for playing time might be to try right guard.

  • Cincinnati Bengals receiver Antonio Bryant is holding out hope, despite his knee injury.

Morning take: There is a lot of speculation about whether Bryant will be released. With no salary cap this year, the Bengals have more freedom to pull off a drastic and surprising move.

Morning take: Jackson received another scare after having last season end with the same ailment. But this one isn't nearly as serious.

  • It's been a smooth transition for Marc Bulger, who fits in well as the Baltimore Ravens' No. 2 quarterback.

Morning take: Bulger gives the Ravens good insurance in case something happens to Joe Flacco. So far this looks like a smart decision by Baltimore.