Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker
Here are the most interesting stories Thursday in the AFC North:
Recently fired head coach Mike Shanahan could have a suitor in the Cleveland Browns.
Morning take: For 14 seasons, Shanahan had complete control as coach and GM of the Denver Broncos. Would he want the same in Cleveland?
After a three-game absence, Baltimore Ravens rookie tailback Ray Rice (calf) will return for Sunday's wild card game against the Miami Dolphins.
Morning take: This is good news for Baltimore. The Ravens have missed Rice's speed, quickness and ability to catch passes out of the backfield.
New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo won the Defensive Rookie of the Year award almost unanimously. But the only other player to get a DROY vote was Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Keith Rivers.
Morning take: Did someone accidentally check the wrong box? Rivers played seven games this season.
Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark (shoulder) is eyeing a return in the divisional round.
Morning take: With the daily monitoring of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (concussion), Clark has been a forgotten injury. But Clark is an important cog who could help the defense.