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Bengals Bytes (4/5) - Happy Easter

The NFL hires the first female official for the league. Johnny Football plays a round of golf. The Bengals add depth to the QB position.

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Report: NFL Set To Hire First Female Official
According to the Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson, the NFL has hired the league’s first-ever female official.

Sarah Thomas to become NFL's first female full-time official
Sarah Thomas never viewed herself as a pioneer even now that she is poised to break the gender barrier as the NFL's first permanent woman official. Thomas, who worked preseason games and the New Orleans Saints minicamp this past spring as a line judge, will become the league's first full-time female official during the 2015 season, a person familiar with her ground-breaking hiring told USA TODAY Sports.

NFL hires first full-time female official, Sarah Thomas - NFL -
The NFL has hired its first time full-time female official, reports the Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson. Sarah Thomas, a native of Mississippi who began her officiating career in high school, worked games before leaving to continue her career in pharmaceutical sales.

Reports: Johnny Manziel plays golf Saturday; treatment stint expected to end soon | ProFootballTalk
On the first Saturday in April, Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel reportedly did what so many sons like to do when the weather warms up. He played golf with his father. According to the Shreveport (La.) Times, Manziel and his father played East Ridge Country Club in Shreveport on Saturday.

CINCINNATI: Bengals sign backup QB Josh Johnson to compete with McCarron | NFL Football |
The Bengals signed quarterback Josh Johnson on Thursday to compete with AJ McCarron next season to be Andy Dalton's primary backup. Johnson was Dalton's backup in 2013, when he appeared in two games but didn't throw a pass. He signed with San Francisco last season and was inactive for each game. He left the 49ers as an unrestricted free agent.