Morning take: Clark likely to sit

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

Here are the most interesting stories Friday in the AFC North:

  • It appears Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark will not play in Monday's game against the Denver Broncos.

Morning take: Although the team hasn’t made it official, this would be the right call to make. Clark’s long-term health is at risk playing in Denver and it's not worth it.

  • Cleveland Browns tailback Jamal Lewis hasn't changed his mind about retiring after the season.

Morning take: Lewis isn’t the type of player who talks just to be heard. I believed him the first time.

  • The playing status of Cincinnati Bengals rookie first-round pick Andre Smith remains up in the air.

Morning take: The Bengals are doing the right thing by not rushing him back and giving him too much responsibility too early. But if healthy Smith should get his feet wet in some capacity this weekend.

  • According to Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Greg Mattison, there is a good chance defensive lineman Haloti Ngata (ankle) will play against Cincinnati.

Morning take: The Ravens are deep up front but could still use their best defensive lineman. This is an all-hands-on-deck type of game for Baltimore.