Here are the most interesting stories Thursday in the AFC North:
Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward says it's difficult to take big hits out of football.
Morning take: Ward suggests flag football, which would do the trick but is too extreme. The league is doing all it can while remaining full contact, and the Steelers have to adjust.
Should the Cincinnati Bengals be interested in the five Ohio State players who could consider the supplemental draft?
Morning take: I agree with the article that offensive tackle Mike Adams and tailback Dan Herron would be the two to catch the Bengals' eye. Both play positions where Cincinnati could use depth.
Will Baltimore Ravens rookie Jah Reid play right away?
Morning take: I don't know if he's ready, but Reid has a really good shot at right tackle. Free agency and Jared Gaither's future will be determining factors.
Here is a look at what Cleveland Browns tailback Peyton Hillis will face to avoid the "Madden curse" this year.
Morning take: Whether you believe in it or not, the "Madden curse" has been a factor with injuries. Hillis plays a very physical position and is certainly at risk in 2011.