Morning take: Time for Dixon or Batch?

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

  • It appears a sprained knee could keep Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich out for the Sept. 12 opener against the Atlanta Falcons.

Morning take: That would leave Dennis Dixon or Charlie Batch. Based on reps this summer, Dixon would be next in line. But this quarterback derby has been unpredictable from the start.

  • Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Colt McCoy was a perfect 13-for-13 in the preseason finale against the Chicago Bears.

Morning take: This was a much-needed performance from McCoy, who struggled most of the preseason. It was a good ending considering McCoy likely will sit the entire 2010 season.

Morning take: This was a showcase game for Smith. But he didn't help himself, throwing for 237 yards and two interceptions. Smith remains on the Ravens' bubble.

Morning take: Nugent has been hurt most of camp, but when healthy he's produced. The Bengals have a tough decision to make between Nugent and Dave Rayner.