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Bengals Bytes (11/23): What’s a Rex

Rex Burkhead is in line to fill Gio Bernard’s role in the Bengals’ offense. Jay Cutler’s time as the Bears quarterback could be finished. A special Thanksgiving themed Gridiron Heights.

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NFL | Cincinnati Bengals | Heart transplant allows former coach Sam Wyche to survive, thrive

Sam Wyche, the former NFL head coach, was days from death when he received a heart transplant in September in Charlotte. With some guidance from Panthers owner and heart transplant survivor Jerry Richardson, Wyche has a new lease on life and a new cause: organ donation.

Bengals Players Help Distribute Thanksgiving Meals at Freestore Foodbank

Several Bengals players stopped by the Freestore Foodbank to help make a difference in families’ lives this Thanksgiving. Players passed out boxes containing either a chicken or turkey and several Thanksgiving essentials including stuffing, cranberry sauce and canned pumpkin. Nearly 8,800 people will benefit from the meals distributed on Tuesday.

Bengals and U.S. Marine Corps Team Up For Toys For Tots Collection

The Bengals and the U.S. Marine Corps are teaming up for the annual Toys for Tots Collection, which will take place on Sunday, Dec. 4, prior to the Bengals’ home game against the Philadelphia Eagles. U.S. Marine Corps volunteers will be at all entrances to Paul Brown Stadium with PODS to collect new, unwrapped toys and cash donations. Gates open at 11:30 a.m.

Fantasy Recap: Week 11

Not only did the Bengals lose WR A.J. Green (torn hamstring) and RB Giovani Bernard (torn ACL) for the season, but fantasy owners lost major pieces to their fantasy rosters that are impossible to replace at this point of the season. The waiver wire looks a lot like a baron wasteland of unwanted toys at this point, and a lot of league’s have already passed their trade deadline, putting owners in a no-win situation. The playoffs start in Week 14 in many leagues, so even if your deadline hasn’t passed, there is very little time to work out a trade.

Rex gets his shot as Bengals try to fill Gio's role

If there was ever a must game Sunday for the 3-6-1 Bengals in 5-5 Baltimore (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12), this is it. And have they ever gone into what is basically an elimination game with their offense so stripped of their weapons? No A.J. Green. No Giovani Bernard. Against the Ravens, the NFL’s No. 1 run defense. Their two top receivers consuming 42 percent of quarterback Andy Dalton’s targets, 45 percent of his completions, and 47 percent of his yards.

Doc: Medical cannabis an ally in Reggie Williams' fight against pain

On this Thanksgiving Day, Reggie Williams will move freely and with only minor pain. A man who has endured 24 operations on his right knee, who has spent the last two decades in chronic agony, now passes his days in true thanks, for a treatment he says is his salvation.

Bengals In Focus Week 12

Bengals beat writer Paul Dehner Jr. joins Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus for a look at what the loss of A.J. Green means for the Bengals and Baltimore’s improved play in the secondary.

Watch live: Brandon LaFell on Beyond the Stripes

Bengals wide receiver Brandon LaFell is our guest on Beyond the Stripes Tuesday, starting at 7 p.m. at Hofbräuhaus Newport. He joins our panel made up of Paul Dehner Jr., Jim Owczarski, Lindsay Patterson and Paul Daugherty.

First look: Bengals vs. Ravens

The Cincinnati Bengals (3-6-1) are essentially in playoff mode following a 16-12 loss at home to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, a game in which the Bengals lost wide receiver A.J. Green for at least the Ravens contest and running Giovani Bernard for the season. Baltimore had a chance to tighten its grip on the AFC North with a win at Dallas on Sunday, and led 7-0 early before eventually falling to the Cowboys 27-17.

AFC North Bytes

Steelers Coaching Staff Will be the Ultimate Factor for the 2016 Team's Success

The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming off a 24-9 victory and there was more to this win than what meets the eye. If the Steelers want to recover from their midseason slump and make a run to the postseason, it will be on the coaching staff to put them there.

3 Up, 3 Down: STL’s Ravens winners and losers from Week 11

STL’s Rob Carlin and Brian Mitchell give us their Ravens winners and losers following the team's 27-17 Week 11 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

Cleveland Browns scouting report: New York Giants

Bolstered by the addition of three expensive free agents – defensive end Olivier Vernon, nose tackle Damon Harrison and cornerback Janoris Jenkins – the rejuvenated defense has carried the team, ranking 11th in yielding opponents to 20 points per game. The defense has closed the deal, holding seven of eight leads in the fourth quarter.

Random Bytes

Kirk Cousins Talks Postgame Exchange with Redskins GM After Win vs. Packers

Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins outdueled Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers on Sunday during a 42-24 victory, but it was his actions after the game that turned some heads.

Gridiron Heights, Ep. 11: Stars Give Thanks at Jerry Jones' Thanksgiving Table

On a special Thanksgiving edition of Gridiron Heights, Jerry Jones hosted a lavish feast for the entire league to enjoy. As the Dallas Cowboys look to expand their winning streak to 10, the owner has plenty to be thankful for this year. And if his seating arrangement is any indication, he has finally embraced rookie quarterback Dak Prescott over Tony Romo.

Jay Cutler expected to miss rest of Bears' season

Jay Cutler is expected to miss the rest of the season. The Bears quarterback is believed to have a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo reported Tuesday. Cutler is undergoing a second opinion in hopes the results come out differently.

Injuries: Andrew Luck remains in concussion protocol

In an AFC South that remains very much up for grabs, the Colts are down a significant player. Quarterback Andrew Luck is still in the concussion protocol, head coach Chuck Pagano told reporters Tuesday. Luck, who did not participate in Tuesday's practice, suffered a concussion during the Colts' 24-17 win over the Titans on Sunday, and is in serious jeopardy for Indianapolis' major contest against Pittsburgh on Thanksgiving.