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Bengals Bytes (6/24): Can't get it right

Is Vontaze Burfict dirty or just competitive? Antonio Brown worked out with a star quarterback. And, Aldon Smith finds himself in trouble with the law.

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AFC North Q&A: Is Vontaze Burfict dirty or just ultra-competitive?
Vontaze Burfict isn't a player who inspires ambivalence. The love-him-or-hate-him reaction to the Cincinnati Bengals linebacker is based on his style of play, which at best is All-Pro caliber and at worst is considered over the line. He will serve a three-game suspension to start 2016 after a hit to Antonio Brown caused a season-ending concussion for the Pittsburgh Steelers receiver in last season's wild-card playoff game. The question is: Does the rest of the division view Burfict as dirty or just ultra-competitive?

AFC North Bytes

Antonio Brown catches passes from Russell Wilson's 'cannon'
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown's game is exclusive to Ben Roethlisberger in the fall, but he shares his skills with at least one other star quarterback in the offseason. Brown went to work with Seattle Seahawks signal-caller Russell Wilson on the UCLA campus this week, as Brown and Wilson shared on their social media accounts. Brown even documented some of the action, with a clip of the two stretching on his snapchat.

Browns rookies visit Hall of Fame
The NFL moved the annual Rookie Symposium to Northeast Ohio in 2012 in part so each of the league’s drafted rookies could visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. The league scrapped the symposium this year in favor of orientation programs for drafted and undrafted rookies at each team’s facility, but the Browns used a little home-site advantage Thursday to take their rookies 50 or so miles south to the Hall of Fame.

Kid Trolls Steve Smith at Football Camp, Says 'Go Patriots' Instead of Ravens
When you're at a football camp hosted by Steve Smith, you at least pretend to like the Baltimore Ravens. That is, unless you're a New England Patriots fan. One young camper at the wide receiver's camp for military kids made no bones about which team had his allegiance. When Smith broke a huddle with a "Go Ravens," the kid opted for a "Go Patriots" instead—and he made sure his professional host heard it.

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Panel studying stadium plan in Vegas gets new numbers
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Judge bars Wells Fargo signs near Minnesota Vikings' stadium
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Aldon Smith to Be Arraigned for Violation of Probation
Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith will be arraigned Friday for violating his probation in an incident stemming from a prior conviction. reported the news Thursday, indicating it wasn't clear which incident Smith's charge is from.

Reggie Bush has had two teams call him
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J.J. Watt, Rob Gronkowski top NFL's best non-QBs
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