Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker
Here are the most interesting stories Thursday in the AFC North:
Baltimore Ravens cornerback Chris McAlister visited a knee specialist this week and will determine whether he can return soon.
Morning take: McAlister started the year fast, but his level of play dropped off and he was eventually benched. You wonder how much a banged up McAlister could help if he decides to return?
With his jaw wired shut, Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Keith Rivers hinted at retribution for Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward's season-ending hit that broke Rivers' jaw.
Morning take: But Rivers said the hit was clean. Most of Ward's victims contend otherwise, but Rivers is not among them.
Speaking of receivers, Joe Jurevicius will not return this year for the Cleveland Browns.
Morning take: This is not surprising. Jurevicius' knee has been through multiple surgeries in less than a year due to a routine procedure and subsequent staph infection. The bigger question is will he try to give it a go next year?
Steelers receiver Santonio Holmes spoke publicly for the first time since his arrest and believes he would've made a difference in last week's loss to the New York Giants.
Morning take: Maybe. But there's no point in reflecting at this juncture. It's time to look ahead and move forward.