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Bengals Bites (9/7) - It's Gameday

Here are some links to start your morning. We all know the real story is at 1:00 today.

Cincinnati Bengals sacks will aid Devon Still cancer research cause - ESPN
Devon Still won't have an opportunity to record a sack this weekend, but he's rooting for his teammates to bring down Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco often. Here's why. In an effort to help raise money and awareness about pediatric cancer, the Cincinnati Bengals' practice-squad defensive tackle coordinated a fundraising drive that correlates with the number of sacks the Bengals record this season. It's a drive the Bengals promoted on Twitter earlier this week, and one inspired by Still's daughter, 4-year-old Leah Still, who is going through the fight of her young life. In June she was diagnosed with stage-4 neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer that has left her with a 50-50 chance of survival.

Bengals mailbag 1: Dalton to break out? - Cincinnati Bengals Blog - ESPN

Spero Dedes and former Bengal Solomon Wilcots will be on the call. As for the meat and potatoes of your question, I'm going to respond with a question of my own. Hasn't Andy Dalton already had a breakout performance? Sure, his challenges have been duly noted and I'm not going to use this tiny space to get into them all, but I'd venture to say that he also has had his share of successes in spite of the largely turnover-induced failures. So it's hard to fully answer your question. What I believe you're referring to is Dalton under new offensive coordinator. Do I believe the quarterback will stun a few people under this new coordinator regime this fall, beginning this week? I do. The fact he's facing a 3-4 defense -- the same defensive scheme he saw four weeks in the preseason -- will help.

Division matchups spice NFL openers - Daily Commercial: Sports

he NFL has spiced up the end of the regular season with a steady diet of division matchups. It hasn’t done a bad job of juicing the opening weekend with just that, too.

Onterio McCalebb joins Cincinnati Bengals in time for Sunday's NFL season-opener |

Former Auburn running back Onterio McCalebb was added to the Cincinnati Bengals' active roster in time to get on the plane to Baltimore on Saturday. The Bengals open their 2014 season against the Ravens at noon Sunday, and McCalebb could appear in his first NFL game.

Barber says Anderson attended FOX production meeting | ProFootballTalk

Officially, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers, with a hairline fracture of the rib.  Unofficially, there’s a reason to think Newton may not play.

NFL wants one-game deactivation with pay after any DUI arrest | ProFootballTalk

As the NFL and NFLPA continue to not have a deal on a new, comprehensive drug policy, some more facts have emerged regarding what the league specifically has proposed. As to the claim that the NFL wants players to be suspended for DUI arrests before their legal cases have ended, a source with knowledge of the negotiations tells PFT that the NFL has proposed a one-game deactivation with pay for the next game after any DUI arrest.  It’s not a suspension, and there would be no forfeiture of salary.