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Morning Bites (11/2): Bengals news and notes

Taking a look at the stories on the internet concerning the Cincinnati Bengals and the NFL.

Mike Ehrmann

Coping without Geno
Just a few hours before Bengals Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins sufered a season-ending knee injury Thursday, Hall of Famer Warren Sapp reminded us why he's so valuable.

Marvin Lewis questions officials' calls, stands by his
The Bengals made enough mistakes to lose to the Dolphins on Thursday -- and they did, 22-20 in overtime -- but two particular calls by the officials against his team still seemed to bother Marvin Lewis on Friday afternoon.

Gio Bernard banged up, but OK
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said Friday that running back Giovani Bernard is expected to play next Sunday against the Ravens. Bernard suffered a bruised rib late in Thursday's game, missing all of overtime.

Bengals seek D-line depth; Atkins injury confirmed; Lewis makes some calls; Tez tackled by fines
Head coach Marvin Lewis went straight from his Friday news conference to the training room and there were just as many questions.

Lewis: Injuries aside, we need to improve
When injuries took their toll on the Bengals defense in 2010, rookies and second-year players like Atkins, Carlos Dunlap and Michael Johnson got valuable playing time. Young player will have to step up again.

Marvin Lewis Press Conference Transcript
"The thing I'm disappointed in is that we had a game last evening in which we failed to make enough plays at the critical moments to put ourselves ahead and close the game out."

Reedy's grades for Bengals' loss at Miami
Dalton became the first quarterback in team history to have four straight 300-yard games, but this one was nowhere near what he did in the previous three as he factored in all four turnovers - three INTs, including a pick-6, and a fumble.the game-deciding safety.

Geno Atkins' exit leads to uncertainty for Cincinnati Bengals
The glass door opened. When it did, a new phase of Geno Atkins' football-playing life began. Whether his Cincinnati Bengals teammates

Upon Further Review: Cincinnati Bengals Week 9
A review of four hot issues from the Cincinnati Bengals’ 22-20 overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins: Average Andy: On the heels of a three-game

Justin Blackmon suspended indefinitely
Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon has been suspended indefinitely.

Jaguars LBs get in 'minor situation' in London
From Yahoo Sports: Jacksonville Jaguars reserve linebackers John Lotulelei and J.T. Thomas were involved in ''a very minor situation'' during the team's trip to London last week. Deadspin first reported that some unnamed Jaguars found trouble abroad.

Spielman: 'Leslie Frazier is not going anywhere'
From Yahoo Sports: While three straight blowout losses have turned up the heat on Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier and his staff, general manager Rick Spielman says the organization stands firmly behind its head coach and is optimistic things will turn around this season. ''Leslie Frazier is not going anywhere,'' Spielman said Friday. ''I am telling you that we are very committed to Leslie Frazier and this coaching staff. And we're committed to our players, and everybody is working extremely hard to get this thing turned around.'' The Vikings have opened the season with six losses in their first seven games, and the defeats have grown progressively more one-sided as the season has worn on.

Marvez: Dolphins tackle who went AWOL was victim of bullying by teammates
Marvez: Dolphins tackle who went AWOL was victim of bullying by teammates Marvez: Dolphins tackle who went AWOL was victim of bullying by teammates

Sources -- NFLPA eyes Miami Dolphins' Richie Incognito in Jonathan Martin case
Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito's role in alleged harassment of teammate Jonathan Martin is under review by the NFL Players Association due to an incident that provoked Martin to leave the team, according to multiple sources.

Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs flexed to prime time on Nov. 17
In a testament to the AFC West race, the Nov. 17 game between the 7-1 Denver Broncos and 8-0 Kansas City Chiefs has been flexed into prime time by NBC.

Sean Lee, Dallas Cowboys MLB, highlights NFL Week 9 Preview
I don’t know if you saw the play, but I did, and it was mesmerizing. Just before halftime of Dallas-Detroit on Sunday, Cowboys middle linebacker Sean Lee waited, waited, waited and suddenly, as though he’d been forewarned about the play call, stepped in front of wideout Jeremy Ross...

Joe Greene vs. Jim Otto in the 1974 AFC Championship Game
By Gary M. Pomerantz CHUCK NOLL HAD NO SENSE of theater, not an ounce of Olivier in him. He was more like his old coach Paul Brown, a frozen lake in winter. In the Steelers’ locker room before a game, the battle about to be waged, Noll was all focus and details. For him, emotion was anathema.

Ten things from NFL Week 9 that intrigue me
Rob Ryan vs. Rex Ryan, Darrelle Revis vs. Richard Sherman are just two of the 10 things that intrigue me this week in the NFL.

Top Ten with a Twist: Second-half predictions
Among the Top Ten with a Twist second-half predictions are who will win the Super Bowl and which second-year coach will be fired.