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Bengals Morning Bites: 9/26

Taking a look at the stories related to the Bengals and around the NFL.

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Bengals' George Iloka on fine: I played for free
Bengals safety George Iloka says he got hit with a $15,000 fine by the NFL for a hit that concussed Green Bay tight end Jermichael Finley on Sunday.

Crocker back with Bengals to face former team
It is starting to become a tradition. If it is Week 4, then that must mean Chris Crocker is back.

2013 NFL picks, Week 4: Seahawks, Bears, Chiefs trying to stay unbeaten
Can the Seahawks stay perfect this week? Will the Vikings finally get their first win? And what about RGIII and Washington? SB Nation's panel of experts sat down to pick all of the Week 4 NFL games.

When Chris Crocker meets the Browns this Sunday in Cleveland under the most bizarre of circumstances, it is the seventh different starting quarterback he'll line up against.

Matchup of the Game: Down home recipe
There's only one guy that can give a breakdown on one of the more unique hometown matchups you'll ever see in the NFL.

The London Experience | NFL Philosophy
It wasn’t lost on me that I stood on hallowed ground. The pitch was pristine. Not the field. The pitch. But the first time I walked onto the field at Wembley Stadium I could feel the significance. The best football players in the world had played on this field. But in a little more than a week from that day, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears were going to play a different kind of football.

John Harbaugh: Ravens trouble running the ball 'not going to be OK'
The Ravens are only averaging 2.6 yards per carry in the running game.

Ray Rice plans to play Sunday against Bills
Ray Rice told the Baltimore Sun that he's planning to play this Sunday after missing Week 3's game against Houston.

Ben to offensive line: 'Be tough, be nasty'
Roethlisberger continues his candid approach with the media, this time, sending words of violent encouragement to his offensive linemen.

Q&A, WHODEY style. - Dawgs By Nature
Hey guys. I figured I will start one of the token Q&A sessions for the upcoming game. I love division games! Whatever any of us think we know about either team, just throw it away. Crazy things happen when rivals play.

UPDATE: Brian Hoyer Will Start at QB vs. Bengals, Brandon Weeden Still Out - Dawgs By Nature
Who will be the Cleveland Browns' starting quarterback this Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals (and perhaps moving forward)? We could find out today. Also, we reveal the results of our Weeden vs. Hoyer poll on DBN.

Iloka appealing fine: ‘Pretty much, I played for free’
George Iloka confirmed he received a fine for his hit on Jermichael Finley from Sunday’s game, as Joe Reedy reported earlier in the day. Iloka said he and his agent are appealing the hit. It will be an interesting decision to re-evaluate.

More words from Marvin Lewis
Marvin Lewis met with the media Wednesday afternoon to preview Sunday’s game at Cleveland and offered insight regarding the return of Chris Crocker, the snap reactions of the media, what’s pleased him the most thus far and how little he’s interested in discussing the running back rotation.

Update: Crocker's 3rd term; Hall, Nelson hamstrung; Whit wary of Browns front; Tez calls it
Even Clinton and Reagan didn't get third terms. But they couldn't play both safety and slot corner in defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer's scheme. And so Chris Crocker is back for his third tenure with the Bengals after his inevitable signing hours before Wednesday's practice.

Marvin Lewis, Andy Dalton transcripts: Browns
"As you look at the Browns, we knew that from a year ago, as I said earlier this week, they were a better football team really than what their record ended up last year."

Carrier defends Iloka
All kidding aside, Carrier doesn't know what to tell his safety after George Iloka got fined $15,000 this week by the NFL for hitting a defenseless receiver when Packers tight end Jermichael Finley suffered a concussion and had to leave the Bengals 34-30 win early.