Here are the most interesting stories Wednesday in the AFC North:
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Aaron Smith took a significant step in his potential return from triceps surgery.
Morning take: Smith put the pads on for the first time in two months, which is a very good sign for Pittsburgh. With its playoff game still 10 days away, things look promising.
The Baltimore Ravens are one of the NFL's solid road teams in the playoffs.
Morning take: Baltimore seems comfortable in road playoff games, where it has an all-time record of 6-3. The Ravens have a tall task to quiet one of the league’s louder home crowds in Kansas City.
Here is a compiled list of possible coaching candidates for the Cleveland Browns.
Morning take: With the exception of one or two names, this is not an impressive list. That's why I feel Mike Holmgren should reconsider coaching again.
After Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis signed his extension Tuesday, owner Mike Brown and Lewis were vague on upcoming changes.
Morning take: Don't expect the Bengals to suddenly hire a wealth of scouts, a general manager and start building an indoor practice facility. But there could be some changes coming on the coaching staff.