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Bengals Bites (11/19) - Some Penalties Are OK

Marvin Lewis speaks about the penalty George Iloka drew on his hit on Jimmy Graham. Plus, the Steelers are having issues with Mike Mitchell and social media.

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Marvin Lewis: Penalty for hit on Jimmy Graham was worth it | ProFootballTalk
Bengals safety George Iloka got a personal foul penalty for a late hit on Saints tight end Jimmy Graham on Sunday. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis didn't mind.

AJ McCarron cleared for practice by Cincinnati Bengals |
When the Cincinnati Bengals hit the practice field on Wednesday to prepare for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans, quarterback AJ McCarron will be working with them for the first time this NFL season. The Bengals announced via Twitter on Tuesday afternoon they had cleared the former Alabama star to begin practicing with the team.

First look: Bengals vs. Texans
The Bengals are coming off an impressive 27-10 win at New Orleans that vaulted them back into first place in the AFC North and will try for a second straight win on the road to stay in first. Houston is now just a game behind Indianapolis in the AFC South after it won at Cleveland 23-7 a week after the Browns pounded the Bengals 24-3 in Paul Brown Stadium.

The Film Don't Lie: Cincinnati Bengals - ESPN
A weekly look at what the Cincinnati Bengals must fix: For the Bengals to adequately make this week's fix ahead of their game Sunday at Houston, they may need offensive tackle Andre Smith's left ankle to magically heal in time for kickoff.

Steelers Tell Mike Mitchell to Stay Off Social Media After Tweeting "Kill Yourself" to Fan | The Big Lead

Mike Mitchell, a Pittsburgh Steelers safety, made a couple mistakes on twitter after the Monday Night Football win over Tennessee: He took to direct message to tell a fan, "kill yourself"and another to "die broke."

Junior Seau, Greatest Show on Turf among 26 HoF semifinalists | ProFootballTalk

A strong first-year eligible class of players including Junior Seau and four members of the Greatest Show on Turf are among the 26 players announced as semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame tonight.

How The NFL Exploited A Child Abuser To Restore Its Brand

The NFL wanted Peterson to appear during a hearing last week at the league office to discuss what kind of counseling and education he had been taking part in during his time away from football. In essence, the league wanted to be sure Peterson was on track not to repeat the behavior. Peterson chose not to attend that meeting—the NFLPA objected to the league's hearing process, based in large part on the fact that it claimed the league reneged on an agreement to have him immediately removed from the Commissioner's Exempt List. And so the league went ahead late last week and over the weekend in deciding Peterson's punishment—which appears harsh based on the fact that he was found guilty of a misdemeanor, and the league often uses local jurisprudence as a major gauge of deciding how to rule on player discipline.