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Bengals Bytes (12/11): Up for the challenge

Cincinnati is looking to avoid giving Cleveland their first win of the season today. The Browns extended one of their players. Collin Kaepernick’s parents speak out about their son.

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Dalton: Bengals are ready for Cleveland

NFL Networks Dan Hellie speaks with Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton about the biggest challenge in their Week 14 game against the Cleveland Browns.

Bengals hope to get Hue in focus

The 4-7-1 Bengals are looking at Sunday’s matchup in Cleveland (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) against the 0-12 Browns through a different Hue. They face old friend Hue Jackson for the second time in seven weeks in the role of the villain. After drilling the Browns, 31-17, in Jackson’s return to Paul Brown Stadium, to stay in the middle of the AFC North race, the Bengals are now down to their last strands of hope against a Browns team emboldened by a bye, a home game in favorable weather for an underdog, and the return of quarterback Robert Griffin III in their desperate bid to avoid an 0-16 season.

AFC North Bytes

Jamar Taylor, Browns Agree to New Contract

The Cleveland Browns agreed to a three-year, $15 million extension with cornerback Jamar Taylor, according to NFL Media's Mike Garafolo. The Browns confirmed the contract Saturday afternoon.

Bills vs. Steelers NFL football weather: Light snow develops during game

The Buffalo Bills face off against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday afternoon in Orchard Park. Cold temperatures and light snow during the game should not be surprising to the players or fans of these two cold weather franchises. The trip to New Era Field and the tailgating parties before the game should have tranquil weather. Skies will be cloudy, but precipitation should hold off until the afternoon. If there is any precipitation, it would be limited to a few light flurries.

Random Bytes

Lions expecting to have Eric Ebron, Marvin Jones

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford should have a full complement of targets today against the Bears. Although tight end Eric Ebron and receiver Marvin Jones are both listed as questionable, both are expected to play, according to multiple reports.

Trevor Siemian to start for Broncos

The Broncos have their starting quarterback back. Trevor Siemian, who missed last week’s game with a foot injury, has been cleared to return today against the Titans.

Cardell Hayes testifies that he shot Will Smith after former New Orleans Saints star retrieved gun

A jury will begin deliberating Sunday to decide the fate of Cardell Hayes, the man accused of murdering former New Orleans Saints standout Will Smith and attempting to murder Smith's wife, Racquel, on the night of April 9, 2016. Hayes, 29, is claiming self-defense.

Kaepernick's parents break silence, support their son

After initially avoiding the spotlight that comes with a public statement, the parents of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick are now speaking out in support of their son's decision to kneel during the national anthem.

Injuries: Redskins' Reed, Saints' Mark Ingram to play

Despite separating his shoulder on Thanksgiving against the Cowboys, Redskins tight end Jordan Reed will miss just one game because of the ailment. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the star tight end will play against the Philadelphia Eagles, limiting the games he's missed because of the shoulder injury to just one -- last week's 31-23 loss to the Cardinals.