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Bengals Bites (12/10) - No Burfict, No Leader

The Bengals lost their vocal and inspiring leader on the defensive side of the ball officially yesterday. Johnny Manziel is going to be starting for the Browns this weekend.

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Cincinnati Bengals lose leadership with Vontaze Burfict out for season - ESPN
As a scribe, it pains me to applaud the scene I'm about to describe. But as someone who appreciates good displays of leadership, it seems appropriate to highlight the following given the direction the Cincinnati Bengals' defense is now forced to turn with news Tuesday that linebacker Vontaze Burfict is done for the season with a knee injury.

Vontaze Burfict of Cincinnati Bengals placed on season-ending IR - ESPN

After a six-week stay in injured-player limbo, Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was formally moved to the team's injured reserve Tuesday as he continues to recover from October surgery on his left knee. It brings an end to a grossly underwhelming season for the former undrafted free agent who made it to the Pro Bowl last year, his second season in the league.

AJ McCarron becomes eligible to play for Cincinnati Bengals |

AJ McCarron has been added to the Cincinnati Bengals' active roster, the team announced on Tuesday afternoon. The former Alabama quarterback has been on the reserve/non-football injury list since Aug. 30, but now becomes eligible to play for Cincinnati, starting with the Bengals' game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

Johnny Manziel of Cleveland Browns to start at quarterback against Cincinnati Bengals - ESPN

Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel will make his first career start this weekend against the Cincinnati Bengals. Browns coach Mike Pettine announced the decision Tuesday afternoon. The team informed Manziel and Brian Hoyer, who has started Cleveland's first 13 games this season, earlier in the day of its decision, sources confirmed. The Browns made the decision internally on Monday, according to a source.

Cincinnati Bengals Marvin Lewis' mouth a problem, could cost division - ESPN

It's amazing that of his many recent verbal slip-ups, all it took for Marvin Lewis to finally issue an apology -- and possibly get back to the best practice of thinking before speaking -- was Johnny Manziel. Is there anything Johnny Football can't do?

Marvin Lewis, Johnny Manziel 'midget' comment audio: Bengals head coach calls Browns quarterback a midget - Story

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is apologizing after he called Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel a "midget" Monday during an interview on 700WLW. Lewis was making his weekly Monday night call into the Bengals Line when host Lance McAlister said “things got interesting.”