Morning take: Derrick Mason injured

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

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

  • Baltimore Ravens starting receiver Derrick Mason dislocated his finger and could miss Thursday's preseason opener against the Washington Redskins.

Morning take: Mason could join fellow starter Mark Clayton (hamstring) on the sidelines against Washington. That would leave young receivers such as Demetrius Williams, Justin Harper and Marcus Smith to get a lot of quality reps.

  • The starters for the Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to get a couple of series Thursday in their preseason opener against the Arizona Cardinals.

Morning take: Teams use the exhibition season for different reasons. But for veteran club like Pittsburgh, this summer should be mostly about staying healthy.

  • In his return following a season-ending elbow injury, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer also is expected to play one or two series Friday against the New Orleans Saints.

Morning take: It's probably best not to rush Palmer. The offensive line needs to step up and make sure their quarterback gets out of his first game back unscathed.

  • The depth chart of the Cleveland Browns lists co-starters Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson at quarterback.

Morning take: Realizing the potential frenzy it would cause to give one quarterback the edge, coach Eric Mangini decided to list both as starters. Smart move.