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Bengals Bites (11/24): News and Links

Taking a look at the stories surrounding the Cincinnati Bengals and the NFL.

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Chad Johnson has fond memories of Cincinnati
After nearly an hour of going over the good and bad times of his career, retelling old stories and discussing his various touchdown dances, Chad Johnson leans back in his chair. He gets a gleam in his eye and flashes that familiar grin.

'88 legacy lives on in playbooks
The 1988 Bengals live. They are 25 years old, but they are also 25 years young.

Bengals focused on moment, came away with Dallas win in '88
When Rodney Holman arrived in Dallas on the weekend preceding the 25th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, he wasn't thinking about the assassination.

The good, bad and ugly of Bengals' season
Like any team this late into a season, the Cincinnati Bengals have had their share of the good, the bad, and the ugly. With 11 games down and the Bengals' bye week wrapping up this weekend, now is as good a time as any to take a look at those events that have helped shape the season to this point. At 7-4, there is a lot for Cincinnati to celebrate. There's a whole lot of good. But as the past month has shown, there is plenty of the bad and ugly to go around, too.

Examining the Cincinnati Bengals' end-of-year stretch
An examination of the Cincinnati Bengals' final five games.

Ted Wells thanks Dolphins for 'complete cooperation' in bullying investigation
Ted Wells' initial round of interviews with the Miami Dolphins is complete, but his NFL-backed investigation into issues of workplace safety isn't. In a statement released Saturday night, Wells thanked the Dolphins for their "complete cooperation" and said his work will continue for several more weeks.

Some witnesses being uncooperative in Dolphins' harassment case
Investigator Ted Wells is finding some tough sledding when it comes to his look into the Dolphins' bullying case, Jason La Canfora reports.

NFLRA to file grievance: Roy Ellison's suspension 'a rush to judgment'
The NFL Referees Association says it will file a grievance on behalf of umpire Roy Ellison, who was suspended one game without pay for making what the league called a "profane and derogatory" statement toward Washington Redskins tackle Trent Williams in last week's game.

In case vs. official, NFL skeptical about Trent Williams' story
NFL official Roy Ellison was suspended one game following his verbal altercation with Redskins tackle Trent Williams Sunday. Jason La Canfora reports that the league, however, is skeptical about Williams' take on the situation.

NFL retired players survey
The NFL conducted a survey of retired players as it relates to injuries. Interesting data.

Colts RB Trent Richardson to remain starting
Despite Trent Richardson's 2.8 yards-per-carry average since joining the Colts, Indianapolis will stick with him as its starter.

Bell tolls: Peyton Manning set to reverse course vs. Pats
Peyton Manning used to come to Gillette Stadium for his toughest mental chess exams. So often, he was overmatched. Bill Belichick played the cat-and-mouse games with a savvy, veteran New England Patriots defense that frustrated Manning by forcing him off his spot, as they put it, and out of rhythm.

Giants CB guarantees victory against Dallas
A New York Giants player made a bold guarantee about Sunday's game against the Cowboys.

Prisco's Picks - Week 12's host of NFL experts provides expert picks, grades and analysis for each game during the season.

Jon Bon Jovi interested in purchasing the Buffalo Bills
With the Bills expected to be a franchise in flux in the coming years, rocker Jon Bon Jovi has positioned himself to make a run on the team, Jason La Canfora reports.

71-year-old Jerry Jones wants to remain Cowboys GM for next 15-20 years
"I get to decide when enough is enough."

Skepticism abounds Jerry Jones' latest coaching vote of confidence
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones dropped a vote of confidence on Jason Garrett this week. What to make of it? Jason La Canfora says those around the league are skeptical, and Mike Holmgren continues to lurk in the background.

NFL Week 12 preview: Examining Denver Broncos- New England Patriots, more games
Doug Farrar gets you ready for the weekend with The Playbook, a detailed weekly preview that gives you everything you need to know about the upcoming slate of games. Main Events Denver (9-1) at New England (7-3) -- 8:30 p.m.