Morning take: Ben Roethlisberger update

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

  • Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians says quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is ahead of schedule.

Morning take: Roethlisberger struggled against the New Orleans Saints but has been pretty solid overall. But there's still room to grow.

  • Cincinnati Bengals right tackle Andre Smith will get a huge test Monday against Steelers Pro Bowl outside linebackers James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley.

Morning take: The Bengals drafted Smith No. 6 overall and gave him a $42 million contract to thrive in division games like this. Will Smith step up?

  • Former Baltimore Ravens head coach Brian Billick says the Cleveland Browns need to find out if rookie quarterback Colt McCoy can play.

Morning take: Veterans Seneca Wallace (ankle) and Jake Delhomme (ankle) have missed practice this week. So McCoy should get at least one more start against the New England Patriots.

  • Ravens linebacker/defensive end Terrell Suggs says opposing quarterbacks are feeling the pass rush, despite a lack of sacks.

Morning take: Minus a few exceptions, I didn't see that against the Buffalo Bills. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (382 yards, four touchdowns) had time to shred Baltimore's defense.