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Morning take: Zbikowski gets another KO

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

  • Baltimore Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski scored a first-round knockout of Richard Bryant in Las Vegas to improve to 2-0.

Morning take: Zbikowski has two first-round knockouts in two professional bouts. Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco did some trash-talking last week, but he would be wise to avoid Zbikowski in the ring.

  • What are the futures for pending free agents Lawrence Vickers and Matt Roth of the Cleveland Browns?

Morning take: With the change to a West Coast offense, Vickers, a power fullback, might no longer fit in Cleveland's plans since it might throw 55-percent or more next season. Roth can convert to a defensive end in a 4-3 defense. But he wasn't happy in Cleveland after not getting a long-term extension in 2010. So I expect Roth to test the market

Morning take: I'm not surprised there is a lockout in March, but I'm still confident the NFL will not miss games in September. Teams will now focus on the draft, then hopefully get a new collective bargaining agreement in place during the spring or summer.

Morning take: Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert and Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder will both put their talents on display this week. With Carson Palmer's future in doubt, Gabbert could be a target for the Bengals in the first round, while Ponder is a second-round option.