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Bengals Bytes (12/15): Kicking back

Randy Bullock has a chance to prove he belongs with the Bengals. Le’Veon Bell is still talking about last year’s drama. The Cardinals released a talented receiver.

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Adam Jones on Antonio Brown: 'He's going to wear a gold jacket'

In stark contrast to his feelings about Browns WR Terrelle Pryor, Bengals CB Adam Jones has the utmost respect for Steelers WR Antonio Brown.

New Cincinnati Bengals kicker Bullock eager to prove worth

Randy Bullock knew his stint in Pittsburgh would be short. He’s hoping the same will not be the case in Cincinnati. The Bengals signed Bullock on Tuesday after waiving veteran Mike Nugent, meaning his first game will be Sunday against a Steelers team that cut him Monday.

AJ Green on giving back, playing Sunday and the release of a teammate

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Local 12 Sports caught up with AJ Green at the Boys & Girls Club in Covington, Ky., where he spoke openly about his charitable work, the possibility of playing on Sunday and the release of teammate Mike Nugent.

A Whit Christmas no dream for one school

Bengals-Steelers has had some not so pretty chapters in the 94-game rivalry. You can start with the 1983 Keith Gary neck throw of Ken Anderson, then go to the broken jaws of Keith Rivers and Kevin Huber, and end with last year’s Brawl in the Paul. But now the rivalry gives us a thing of beauty fit for the holiday season.

Rare re-kick

Thankfully for Bengals special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons, he changes kickers almost as often as head coach Marvin Lewis uses a starting quarterback. On Sunday against the Steelers (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12), five-year NFL veteran Randy Bullock figures to become just the sixth kicker to score for the Bengals since Lewis and Simmons arrived in 2003. In that same stretch Lewis has started five different quarterbacks but unlike Simmons, he had an obvious next guy.

Nugent thanks Bengals for loyalty

Born to be a Bengal, Mike Nugent, the son of Bengals season-ticket holders, went out the only way he knew how. With a Freezer Bowl gust of class and a salute to his hometown team. A day after head coach Marvin Lewis told him the Bengals had moved to a new kicker, Nugent texted a statement that reached out to everyone from Bengals president Mike Brown and his family to the fans to thank them “for allowing me to live my dream,” during his seven seasons with the team.

Lewis, Dalton News Conference Transcripts 12/14

Over the last four weeks, the Steelers have gotten on a roll. They’re playing well offensively and rushing the football — no question last week, for the yardage they did — and still are able to throw it when they want to. Even though they lost the game a few weeks ago to Dallas, they really did a good job in the game offensively. So all in all, they’re playing well. And they’ve added Ladarius Green into the mix as another tight end, another weapon.

Slants and screens: Green limited; Thompson shelved: Bullock looking for a home

Wide receiver A.J. Green practiced for the first time in 24 days Wednesday when the Bengals began preparations for the Steelers in Sunday’s game (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) at Paul Brown Stadium. Green (hamstring) was limited but led a pretty healthy group in 27-degree weather with only rotational defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry (calf) and backup wide receiver James Wright (knee) not working after not playing last Sunday in Cleveland. Starting cornerback Adam Jones (ankle) looked to be getting a rest after Sunday's tweak.

Bengals notes: Thompson not activated; Green practices

The Cincinnati Bengals decided to not activate a tenth defensive lineman to the active roster, deciding to leave fifth-year defensive tackle Brandon Thompson on the reserve physically unable to perform (PUP) list. Tuesday was the deadline for the team to make a decision on Thompson, a third round pick out of Clemson in 2012.

Doc: Burfict’s biggest test will be against Steelers

For Vontaze Burfict, there’s always going to be an official with heightened sensitivities or a Joey Porter behind Door No. 3. Burfict is forever marked, and on Sunday, the Steelers will test him, bait him and goad him. Maybe a lineman shoves him after the whistle, maybe a wideout practices his crackback skills. In a pileup, someone surreptitiously tries to bend Burfict’s foot 90 degrees. Then we’ll see.

Cincinnati Bengals wideout A.J. Green returns to practice Wednesday

Star receiver A.J. Green was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice and will later this week test out the hamstring he injured in Week 11.

AFC North Bytes

Le'Veon Bell of Pittsburgh Steelers -- Cincinnati Bengals won't hurt me again

Running back Le'Veon Bell promises to walk away from the latest clash with Vontaze Burfict and the Cincinnati Bengals with two healthy knees. Bell has suffered injuries in each of the past two matchups with Cincinnati, tearing two knee ligaments in Week 8 of last season after Burfict tackled him by the sideline. The hit ended his season.

Browns' Pryor agrees with 'garbage' rant, trashes media

Surprisingly, Terrelle Pryor didn't disagree with Adam Jones' heated outburst about him. He's got an argument with the media, though. Following Cincinnati's win over Cleveland on Sunday, Jones, the Bengals' chatty cornerback, tore into Pryor, calling him "garbage" several times .

Harbaugh says Ravens' hurry-up offense needs to get faster

Ravens coach John Harbaugh admitted he wasn’t happy with the pace of the offense during the fourth quarter of Monday’s loss at New England.

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Jets won’t move Darrelle Revis to safety this season

Several great cornerbacks have eventually had to make the transition to safety later in their careers. Charles Woodson, Rod Woodson, Ronde Barber, Aeneas Williams, Jason Sehorn, Ronnie Lott and Antrel Rolle were all initially cornerbacks before moving to safety for the latter stages of their careers.

Jameis Winston Reaches Settlement with Rape Accuser in Civil Lawsuit

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston reached a settlement in a civil lawsuit involving rape allegations filed against him by Erica Kinsman, TMZ Sports reported Wednesday. According to TMZ Sports, "Kinsman sued the Buccaneers QB in April 2015 for sexual battery, assault and false imprisonment even though he was never criminally charged."

QB Index: The 2017 trade market/free agency guide

Jimmy Garoppolo's 2016 season was the equivalent of an unfinished demo that inspires a music-industry bidding war. (At least, back when people paid for music.) He's a short-film festival award-winner about to be given big money by a studio. Whether anyone knows if he's any good is beside the point. Does anyone ever truly know?

Arizona Cardinals cut Michael Floyd after DUI arrest

Michael Floyd's disastrous 2016 season has cost him a job. The Arizona Cardinals announced Wednesday that they have released the wide receiver in the wake of Monday's arrest on drunken driving charges. Floyd was previously arrested in 2011 for driving under the influence.