Posted by ESPN.com’s James Walker
Here are the most interesting stories Thursday in the AFC North:
Are the Cincinnati Bengals headed toward a blackout for Sunday's home opener against the Denver Broncos?
Morning take: According to the report, the Bengals need to sell about 5,000 tickets Thursday. The NFL may have to grant an extension for Cincinnati to have a chance to televise Sunday’s game.
Baltimore Ravens starting receiver Mark Clayton (hamstring) says he will be ready for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Morning take: Clayton would be a good boost for Baltimore’s offense in Week 1, as long as summer rust doesn't become an issue.
Speaking of receivers, Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Santonio Holmes is getting prepared for his next act.
Morning take: Becoming the reigning Super Bowl MVP has changed Holmes’ life for the better. The next step is getting 1,000 yards and developing into Pittsburgh’s No. 1 receiver.
Who will start at center Sunday for the Cleveland Browns: Alex Mack or Hank Fraley?
Morning take: Mangini hinted that both will play. The Minnesota Vikings have arguably the top defensive line in football. So Mack and Fraley need to be at the top of their game.