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Cincinnati Bengals News and Notes

A few random stories and a look at the second day of minicamp.

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+ Thunderstorms are expected to rock the area on Wednesday, but the Bengals will be relatively untouched from the impending threat. According to forecasts, the severe threat isn't expected until long after Cincinnati wraps up practice around 4 p.m. In the meantime, it's going to be a sweaty kind of afternoon, with escalating temperatures and soupy humidity. How's that for a second career?

+ Just to make everyone aware. We have two postings surrounding Adam Jones scheduled for today, but based on a different track. Anthony Cosenza examines options if Adam Jones is suspended by the league while one of our top plays of 2012 also involves Jones.

+ Several Bengals players react to Jones' legal entanglement.

"It is important to watch where you go and what you are doing and try to keep your life as private as possible," Whitworth told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "That’s not just for athletes but everyone. I mean more and more you are seeing public figures getting in trouble for things 10-15 years ago would have never been found out."

+ You can check out some of the videos on that showed various drills from Tuesday's practice. There's not much you can gleam from those sessions, due to the CBA restrictions that limits one-on-one drills. For the receivers and tight ends, you're watching very basic routes and the players making receptions. During the defensive line drills, Carlos Dunlap smacked the blocking bag so hard that it got hung up on the metal structure. Other than that, players are firing out of their stances to make initial contact with a blocking shed. Defensive backs work on their back-pedaling and hands, catching passes at the conclusion of their predefined steps.

+ Haven't we had enough grandstanding? Roger Goodell sent a letter to Congress, supporting the organization's use of "Redskins". Members of Congress predictably does what members of Congress usually do. Beg someone to change their stance with vague insults that fails to encourage discourse and do exactly what they weren't elected to do.

Goodell's letter, dated June 5, was released Tuesday by U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) and Delegate Eni Faleomavaega (D-American Samoa), who roundly criticized the commissioner's stance in a joint statement.

McCollum, co-chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus, called Goodell's defense of the name "twisted logic" and "a statement of absurdity." Faleomavaega, a member of the House Committees on Natural Resources and Foreign Affairs, said that "Goodell has completely missed the point. … It is time for the NFL to stop making excuses for itself and fully embrace its so-called commitment to diversity."

+ Former Bengals/Dolphins/Patriots wide receiver Chad Johnson is in jail, perhaps for something minor though inadvisable. His lawyer is asking the judge to reconsider the sentence.

"Mr. Johnson has been a professional football player in the National Football League for 11 years and patting another individual on the backside is viewed as a sign of respect and gratitude," Johnson's lawyer said in the motion. "It is clear that the court misinterpreted Mr. Johnson's interaction with his attorney."


So now if someone does a good job for me, we're permitted to slap that ass? Great job on the quickness of the pizza delivery, sir. Turn around. Gratuity at a restaurant is 10 percent and one special hand print. What about your child, who brings home aces on his report card? Something tells me any of those situations would involve a judge, jail and an entree of humiliation.

+ San Francisco 49ers head coach is calling out the Seattle Seahawks, who have had six suspensions related to banned substances since 2010.

"Is it a concern? I've definitely noticed it," Harbaugh said of the Seahawks. "You don't know what it is. Even when people say what it is, you don't know that that's what it is. I've heard this thrown out or that, but that's usually the agents or the players themselves saying it's, for example, Adderall. But the NFL doesn't release what it actually is, so you have no idea. You're taking somebody at their word that I don't know if you can take them at their word, understanding the circumstances."