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Bengals Bites (1/27) - Scapegoat Bathroom Break

The Scapegoat for the deflation of the Patriots balls will be some guy that just stopped to take a leak. Vontaze Burfict should be back. A trade scenario for Giovani Bernard.

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Video shows employee taking 24 balls into bathroom | ProFootballTalk
On Monday, Jay Glazer of FOX Sports added the next new big piece of news in #DeflateGate, reporting that the NFL has interviewed a locker room attendant who allegedly took footballs from the officials' locker room after they had been inspected and approved “to another area on way to field” befo...

Robert Kraft Doubles Down On Patriots' Innocence, Asks NFL For Apology
Patriots owner Robert Kraft crashed a press conference scheduled for Bill Belichick and Tom Brady in Arizona tonight, telling the assembled media "I want to make it clear that I believe unconditionally that the New England Patriots have done nothing wrong" in response to accusations that they deflated footballs prior to the AFC Championship game. Kraft went on to say that, assuming the NFL finds the same thing, they should apologize to the Patriots, and especially Belichick and Brady.

Andy Dalton got booed off the Pro Bowl field - The Washington Post
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has turned into something of a national punching bag for his repeated struggles not just in the postseason, but in nationally televised games of any kind. And, to a large degree, deservedly so, as Dalton has gone one-and-done in the playoffs all four years of his career (with one touchdown against six interceptions, and a 57.8 rating), and he was absolutely roasted for a Thursday-night debacle in November.

Extra Points: Pro Bowl jumped the shark before Dalton | Fox News
Interestingly it was Andy Dalton's Pro Bowl recognition on Tuesday that set Twitter off as if an average quarterback playing in a meaningless football game is some kind of calamity. The laughable aspect of Dalton's inclusion to the detractors is the fact that he was the seventh alternate at his particular position, a development that really highlighted the ridiculousness of the process.

Brent Grimes's Wife To NFL: "Havent U Guys Shit On Him Enough?"
Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes just went to the Pro Bowl for the second straight season and made its biggest highlight (if such a thing exists) with this pretty interception. What should've been a good weekend for Brent and his wife Miko was not, as Miko explained in a long Twitter rant this evening.

Vontaze Burfict of Cincinnati Bengals had microfracture surgery - ESPN
Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict is reportedly recovering from microfracture surgery, a serious procedure performed on knees that have suffered cartilage damage. The surgeon who operated on Burfict told NFL Network that he is hopeful the linebacker will be at full strength in time for training camp.

San Diego Chargers Should Trade Donald Butler To Cincinnati Bengals For Giovani Bernard | RantSports
The Chargers should try to work out a trade that would send Donald Butler to the Bengals for Giovani Bernard. Butler has had several good seasons for the Bolts, and until this past season he was their main leader on defense. His stats were pretty good for a full time linebacker in the NFL until he injured himself this year; he was normally over 70 tackles and averaging a pick with a couple of forced fumbles each season. His instincts for where the ball carrier is headed are good, and he possesses enough size to play ILB in a 3-4 and a 4-3 defense. But he seems to be struggling in John Pagano’s defense lately and could use a new team to re-energize his career.