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Morning take: Should Troy Polamalu play?

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

  • There is a chance Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (Achilles) will play against the Cleveland Browns. But should he?

Morning take: This is a really tough call if Polamalu is healthy enough to play. I would probably rest Polamalu and take my chances against Cleveland. But I understand both sides with so much at stake.

Morning take: With four turnovers and questionable coaching, Cleveland needs to play much smarter Sunday against the Steelers.

Morning take: The offense looked very good without Ochocinco and Terrell Owens against the No. 1 defense of the San Diego Chargers. I don't want to overrate one game, but it was telling.

  • Baltimore Ravens starting tight end Todd Heap (hamstring, thigh) may return against Cincinnati.

Morning take: This is another situation where it's safer to get Heap close to 100 percent. But it doesn't appear this particular injury is as severe.