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Morning take: Aaron Smith update

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.

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.

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.

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.