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Bengals Bytes (10/25): Walking away

The Bengals’ defense isn’t as far from it’s old self as you might think. The Browns shoot down talk of a Joe Thomas trade. Arian Foster calls it a career.

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Bengals notes: Nugent part of rough day for kickers

Bengals notes on Mike Nugent's two missed kicks on an ugly day for kickers across the league, plus Tyler Eifert on recovering from his first game back and Cedric Ogbuehi's new rotation.

Bengals defense a 'tick off' of dominance

In another word: Average. And the third-year defensive coordinator is surprised, and bothered by it. “No question,” he said. “I don't like where our numbers are right now. But it's our doing. A lot of the plays that we've given up have been our error.”

Watch: A.J. Green's Hail Mary touchdown catch

Some reactions to Bengals receiver A.J. Green's remarkable Hail Mary catch just before halftime of the Bengals' 31-17 win against the Browns on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium:

Notes: Ced tries to ride the bull, embraces rotation; London looms; Whit to clear; Eifert passes

Cedric Ogbuehi and Eric Winston rotated at right tackle during Sunday’s 31-17 victory over the Browns and even though Ogbuehi allowed two sacks in his 51 snaps and Winston helped blow open running back Jeremy Hill’s 74-yard touchdown run in one of his 10 snaps, the Bengals think their young right tackle showed improvement. So did he.

Lewis News Conference Transcript 10/24

It’s good to get back to winning football games. The production of the offense was outstanding overall. There are some things to clean up and continue to do better, of course.

Defense gets the read

This is why the Bengals believe that Hue Jackson is going to turn things around in Cleveland. As long as he has the players and after Sunday’s 31-17 victory over the Browns at sold-out Paul Brown Stadium there was no question who’s got them and who doesn’t.

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert feels 'great' following season debut

Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert said he was happy to feel sore following his season debut against the Cleveland Browns. Sore is normal. Anything other than that is not.

Cincinnati Bengals' Andrew Whitworth still in concussion protocol

Cincinnati Bengals left tackle Andrew Whitworth is still in the concussion protocol after leaving Sunday's game early with a head injury, according to coach Marvin Lewis. Lewis said he expects Whitworth to be out of the protocol by Thursday, which is when the team leaves for its trip to London to face the Washington Redskins.

Bengals' A.J. Green making his case as the NFL's best wide receiver

A.J. Green's teammates are exasperated with him and it’s easy to figure out why. As much as they poke and prod and tell him to enjoy the moment, he just doesn’t celebrate enough for their liking. So they have to do it for him.

AFC North Bytes

Ravens make no guarantees Devin Hester will remain their returner

Coach John Harbaugh wouldn't say whether the Baltimore Ravens are sticking with Devin Hester or need to make a change at returner.

Joe Thomas Trade Rumors: Latest News and Speculation

Following an 0-7 start to the year, the Cleveland Browns have been linked to a potential trade involving offensive tackle Joe Thomas before this year's deadline. However, the team has denied any interest in doing so.

'It was like we just quit': Cameron Heyward on moment the Steelers lost the Patriots game

As Robert Gronkowski, lined up in the left slot, blew past Robert Golden, caught a pass from Tom Brady and ran down to the Steelers' 5-yard line, the New England Patriots led 20-16 there were more than 12 minutes left in the game. Though Pittsburgh trailed by just 4, the game had been finished before LeGarrette Blount punched in a touchdown on the next play.

Random Bytes

Fan falls leaving Broncos game, condition unknown

A fan fell from 30 to 50 feet leaving Sports Authority Field at Mile High after the Denver Broncos game on Monday night. The fan was transported to the hospital and his or her condition was unknown, according to Denver Fire. The Denver Post said it happened at about 9:44 p.m. local time and emergency personnel responded to a 911 call for help.

What we learned: Osweiler has rough Denver return

The Broncos got back on track following a two-game losing streak, stifling former Denver quarterback Brock Osweiler and the Houston Texans' offense in a 27-9 victory Monday night. Here's what we learned

Rex Ryan, Buffalo Bils coach, thinks Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry should've been ejected

Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan was upset Monday about a hit Sunday by Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry that sent Bills safety Aaron Williams to the hospital for precautionary CT and MRI scans on his head and neck area.

Arian Foster retires from Miami Dolphins, NFL effective immediately

Miami Dolphins running back Arian Foster has announced his retirement, using the Uninterrupted to release his reasoning. Foster joined the Dolphins this summer after recovering from a torn Achilles...