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Bengals Bytes (4/5): Not buying it

Michael Johnson paid a surprise visit to cancer patients. Greg Hardy tries to claim innocence, but one of his former teammates doesn't believe it.

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NFL Players Brighten Cancer Patients’ Day with Surprise Visit
Hugs, smiles and selfies were in plentiful supply March 31 when five professional football players made a surprise visit to patients at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. Joining him were fellow Buccaneer defensive end William Gholston, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Demetrius Harris, Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson, and BC Lions (Canadian Football League) defensive end Lazarius "Pep" Levingston.

Cincinnati Bengals' (early) Opening Day lineup has question mark at WR
Although the major league baseball season has already started, Monday is still recognized as Opening Day in Cincinnati, where the Reds will take on the Phillies. Times have changed in recent years, but for years, the first regular-season game on MLB's yearly calendar was held in Cincinnati. As baseball's oldest franchise, the league permitted the Reds to always host each season's inaugural game. Because of that, Opening Day has always been treated differently here than in other cities.

Lions sign Wallace Gilberry
Defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry, who has spent the past four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, signed Monday with the Detroit Lions. The Lions made the news official on Monday night via Twitter.

Dalton confident in his revised receivers
Andy Dalton is back to zipping the ball. He’s got no restrictions with his throwing thumb; he’s got one visit under his belt to passing specialist Dr. Tom House last month, and after watching two of his most established targets  leave via free agency he got one back with a Super Bowl ring and knows Pro Bowlers A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert are already here.

Report: Bengals to work out Mike Williams
The Bengals have undergone changes to their receiving corps this offseason with Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones leaving as free agents and Brandon LaFell joining the club. There may be another veteran addition coming. Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that former Bills and Buccaneers wideout Mike Williams will work out for the team on Tuesday. Williams also visited with the Patriots recently.

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Browns sign restricted free agents and exclusive rights players
The Cleveland Browns have signed restricted free agents OL Austin Pasztor and LB Scott Solomon and exclusive rights players K Travis Coons, WR Darius Jennings and OL Kaleb Johnson.

Troy Smith Tells Cop He Graduated "With A Degree In Bachelors" During Traffic Stop
Troy Smith, the 2006 Heisman Trophy winner and former communications major at Ohio State, was arrested overnight Sunday on suspicion of being intoxicated behind the wheel.

USMNT Players Ether Abby Wambach
USWNT legend Abby Wambach has had a rough stretch of late. If you recall a few months ago, Wambach had some very dumb thoughts about foreign players representing the USMNT. This weekend, she was arrested and charged with a DUI. And after that news broke, the USMNT’s Alejandro Bedoya tied both incidents together with one especially fiery tweet.

Kaepernick, 49ers won't facilitate trade with Broncos
The San Francisco 49ers and Colin Kaepernick are exercising patience in their staredown with Denver Broncos general manager John Elway. Although Kaepernick has met twice with Elway in the past two weeks, the quarterback has informed the Broncos that he will not accept a pay cut from his guaranteed $11.9 million salary for 2016, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via three sources involved in discussions.

Don't rip San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick for not taking $4.9 million pay cut
Money. It's at the top of the list for NFL players. Free agency, contract negotiations, status in the locker room. You play for the cash, for the security that comes with guaranteed loot in your pocket. Give it back to management? To the ownership players refuse to trust? Come on, man. Get real.

Greg Hardy denies he has ever put his hand on any women
Defensive end Greg Hardy, who remains unsigned in free agency, denied Monday during a one-on-one interview with ESPN's Adam Schefter that he has ever hit a woman. Hardy was discussing the 2014 incident involving former girlfriend Nicole Holder in Charlotte, North Carolina, when he was a member of the Carolina Panthers, and denied he had ever hit her.

Steve Smith rips Greg Hardy’s claim
Unemployed defensive end Greg Hardy is trying to find a way back into the NFL and recently gave an interview in which he claimed he never put his hands on the woman who accused him of domestic violence. Hardy’s former teammate Steve Smith isn’t buying it.

LeSean McCoy Will Not Face Assault Charges
Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy won't be charged for his alleged role in a brawl at Recess Lounge in Philadelphia that left off-duty police officers hospitalized, according to District Attorney Seth Williams, per David Gambacorta of

Aldon Smith has agreement to return to Oakland Raiders
The Oakland Raiders re-signed suspended pass-rusher Aldon Smith on Monday, the team announced. The Raiders didn't disclose terms, but The Associated Press reported that Smith, who is currently serving a yearlong suspension that was handed down in November when he violated the NFL's substance-abuse policy, received a two-year contract. He posted a photo on Instagram after he signed his contract.