Morning take: Aaron Smith remains hopeful

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

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.

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.