Here are the most interesting stories Thursday in the AFC North:
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons is a star on the rise.
Morning take: Timmons is one of the NFL's most athletic linebackers. He should be a force in 2011 now that experience is on his side.
Cincinnati Bengals receiver A.J. Green suffered a knee injury in practice.
Morning take: Green and Bengals coach Marvin Lewis both say the injury isn't serious. But any injury scare to the No. 4 overall draft pick is going to be a concern.
The Baltimore Ravens are giving starting quarterback Joe Flacco more control in the offense.
Morning take: This should be the natural progression for a fourth-year quarterback. Flacco didn't have a lot of freedom to audible in previous years. But he's been in the system long enough to take more ownership.
Cleveland Browns receiver Brian Robiskie wants to shoulder a bigger load on offense.
Morning take: Robiskie is being pushed in camp for the starting job by rookie Greg Little. Little's ceiling seems higher, but Robiskie has a couple years of experience working in his favor.