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Saturday afternoon links and notes -- what's up with injuries during the week?

Carson Palmer has inflammation and sourness in his throwing elbow, making him questionable for Sunday's matchup against the Browns. Levi Jones showed up on the injury report by not practicing with a knee problem. On Thursday, Kenny Watson found his way on the injury reports with a hamstring injury. Watson and Palmer are questionable while Jones is probable. How do the Bengals include three players on the injury reports midway through the week?

Starting cornerback Johnathan Joseph hasn't practiced in two weeks, still listed as doubtful, and likely not playing for the second week in a row. Ben Utecht, still questionable, practiced fully on Friday after back-to-back limited participation. While still questionable, don't be surprised to see him in a limited capacity Sunday. How bad is Dexter Jackson's thumb injury, in that he'll miss his second consecutive game. Not that I've ever played safety, but I can't imagine the thumb is that critical to performance. But, I'm not there, so who knows.

Chad Johnson is being challenged by Mary Wineberg in a contest for a 400-meter sprint.

The Bengals are talking turnovers.

If the Bengals are looking to upgrade the center through the draft, why not Arkansas' Jonathan Luigs, or Cal's Alex Mack, or 'Bama's Antoine Caldwell, or Oregon's Max Unger?

Another reason that Paul Brown wouldn't understand today's NFL. "Giants, Burress close to a deal".

The New York Giants and receiver Plaxico Burress are reportedly close to an agreement regarding the veteran wideout’s two-week suspension, which as imposed would have caused him to miss only one game. Per Chris Mortensen of, the suspension would be reduced to one week. Surprisingly, however, Burress would still miss the October 5 game against the Seahawks.

So team suspends player, player's agent negotiates with team regarding suspension, and player's agent and team come to an agreement. This is not Paul Brown's NFL.

Jeremiah Castille, the father of Bengals DB Simeon Castille, caused "The Fumble" that denied the Browns the Super Bowl in the 1987 AFC Championship game. The Castille family won't likely get a Christmas card from Cleveland... ever. So why not carry that tradition?

Another suggests that Mike Brown needs to sell the team for the Bengals ever to sustain long-term success; of which, I totally agree. However, I'm a realist. I tend to gravitate towards Martin and Tolkien and even Lucas for my fantasy story-telling hour. Now, if someone actually has an idea, that not only is suggested, but actually implemented, then awesome. Otherwise, it is what it is.