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Morning take: Polamalu out at least a game

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

  • The Pittsburgh Steelers offered no official word, but it appears Pro Bowl safety Troy Polamalu (knee) will miss at least one game.

Morning take: Consider this a victory if this is the worst of the news. The Steelers will be fine if Polamalu only has to sit for the short term.

  • Are the Cincinnati Bengals taking a huge risk with running back Larry Johnson?

Morning take: I view this as a calculated risk. The Bengals are getting Johnson on the cheap, and I don’t think one player can bring this team down.

Morning take: Baltimore’s defense needed this kind of performance. The offense had been carrying the team nearly all season.

Morning take: It is considering how the Browns have played recently. But playing just a half still gets you beat most weeks.