Here are the most interesting stories Monday in the AFC North:
Cleveland Browns backup running back Montario Hardesty (knee) will make his 2011 preseason debut Thursday against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Morning take: It will be good to see Hardesty back on the football field. Also, am I the only person who finds it ironic Philadelphia plays three AFC North teams to start the preseason?
New acquisitions are making an impact for the Baltimore Ravens.
Morning take: Fullback Vonta Leach and receiver Lee Evans particularly looked good Friday night. Both are expected to help take Baltimore's offense to the next level.
There is no ligament damage for Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackles Jonathan Scott and Marcus Gilbert.
Morning take: This is good news for the Steelers, who lack depth on the offensive line. Scott and Gilbert are the team's two left tackles responsible for protecting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's blind side.
Cincinnati Bengals rookie quarterback Andy Dalton knows the offense must get better.
Morning take: With a new system and a rookie quarterback, the lockout put Cincinnati's offense in a tough spot. But every team is dealing with the same circumstances. The Bengals need to be ready by Week 1.