Morning take: Kokinis says Browns can win

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

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

  • New Cleveland Browns GM George Kokinis said Monday that becoming a winning franchise "can be done."

Morning take: It hasn't been done consistently in 20 years. Let's see if this latest pairing of Kokinis and Eric Mangini can right the ship.

  • Former Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman is set to go to trial today for an altercation in Sandusky, Ohio.

Morning take: This is a sad tale. Thurman appeared to be just turning the corner before this latest alleged incident got him kicked out of football.

Morning take: No surprise here. The Ravens usually promote from within.

  • Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward will practice later in the week but expects to wear a knee brace in Sunday's game.

Morning take: Knee braces can be tricky for skill players. It obviously helps for protection, but it also can restrict some sudden cuts and movements needed to play receiver.