Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker
Here are the most interesting stories Wednesday in the AFC North:
Baltimore Ravens rookie Paul Kruger and coach John Harbaugh responded to New York Jets coach Rex Ryan's recent remarks about giving No. 99 to a rookie who "hasn't proven [expletive]."
Morning take: Kruger called the remarks "childish," while Harbaugh explained that O.J. Brigance's No. 57 is the only jersey held back this season. Ryan later said he got too carried away.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said his arm strength has returned.
Morning take: This was never a major concern. But after a mostly inactive offseason, Roethlisberger struggled with deep throws early in training camp. Throwing every day for three weeks certainly helped.
The Cincinnati Bengals and first-round pick Andre Smith remain far apart.
Morning take: It's kind of sad when a 20-day (and counting) holdout is not a surprise. It's looking more and more doubtful Smith plays in Week 1 against the Denver Broncos.
Coach Eric Mangini is not pleased with his Cleveland Browns after last week's preseason loss and a poor practice Tuesday.
Morning take: Mangini's hard-line approach will be something to monitor closely this season. So far, the players are not responding and playing good football.