Here are the most interesting stories Tuesday in the AFC North:
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Aaron Smith (triceps) remains optimistic that he can return this season.
Morning take: I'm hearing that surgery went better than expected for Smith, and the fact that it was a partial tear leaves open the possibility of a return. If healthy, Smith could be a huge boost for the playoffs.
Baltimore Ravens cornerback Fabian Washington studied his subpar performance against the Buffalo Bills three times during the bye week.
Morning take: That's a good approach to have. Washington is unsure if he will keep his starting job, but at least he's working to correct his errors.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Seneca Wallace (ankle) is hopeful he can practice Wednesday and start Sunday against the New England Patriots.
Morning take: Browns coach Eric Mangini could have an interesting call to make. We will have more on this Tuesday in the AFC North blog.
The Cincinnati Bengals (2-5) aren't getting any better.
Morning take: With four straight losses, they are actually getting worse. The tough, energized team I saw in Week 2 against the Ravens has completely vanished.