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News and notes about the Cincinnati Bengals and the rest of the NFL

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Bengals' AJ McCarron says pre-draft reports 'hurt' -
Now that he's a member of the Cincinnati Bengals, former Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron admits the slings and arrows aimed his way during the pre-draft process took their toll.

Bengal Quick Takes: A top-10 ranking - Cincinnati Bengals Blog - ESPN
The six-person voting panel that also ranked teams last season in the weekly Power Rankings, helped compile this mid-offseason edition. After votes were averaged for each team, the group ended up ranking the Bengals No. 10 at this stage in the offseason.

NFL suffers major setback in concussion cases | ProFootballTalk

The NFL's initial argument in response to the concussion lawsuits is that there should be no concussion lawsuits.  Specifically, the league argues that the labor agreement requires these claims to be pursued via private arbitration.

Greg Hardy allegedly strangled girlfriend Nicole Holder, threatened to kill her | Larry Brown Sports

According to The Charlotte Observer, Hardy is accused “of throwing girlfriend Nicole Holder to the floor and into a bathtub, slamming her against a Futon and “strangling” during an argument at his home.”

OWN Announces New Documentary Series About NFL Player Michael Sam - Ratings |

Oprah Winfrey Network announced today a new multi-part documentary series following the life of Michael Sam, who made history when he became the first openly gay football player drafted into the NFL by the St. Louis Rams.

Photo: Johnny Manziel On The Cover Of Sports Illustrated, “Johnny Better Be Good” | College Spun – Social. Local. Consumable. College Sports.

The last three quarterbacks the Cleveland Browns have taken in the first round of the NFL Draft have been, in order, Johnny Manziel, Brandon Weeden, and Brady Quinn. Each of those players was selected with the No. 22 pick. Quinn is out of the league and Weeden is a third-string player for the Dallas Cowboys.

Ranking Top 10 Undrafted Free Agents From 2014 NFL Draft |

The 2014 NFL Draft was widely regarded as one of the deepest and most talented classes in decades. With so much talent to choose from throughout the three-day festivities, there were bound to be some promising prospects that managed to slip through the cracks who will have to prove themselves as an undrafted free agent in order to continue their NFL dreams.