Morning take: No surgery for Palmer

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

Here are the most interesting stories in the AFC North:

Morning take: We're hearing that it's just a strain, which is good news. We've been saying for at least a week now that Palmer needs to sit long term until things feel right. There's no reason in his case to rush back on the field.

Morning take: We're not sure this is a fair statement. Collier doesn't take into account the amount of attention Chad Ocho Cinco draws, and the single coverage Nate Washington often faces. Washington plays his role well in Pittsburgh, but the Bengals' 8-5 remains the better player.

Morning take: This is an intriguing matchup of a pair of 2-3 teams in the AFC. Both clubs are just a few plays away from 4-1, and now the Ravens and Dolphins battling each other to stay in contention.

Morning take: Indeed, this unit is growing up fast. And it's doing it without safety Sean Jones, who has been the quarterback of the secondary. That's the surprising part.