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Bengals Bytes (8/29): Nicked up

The Bengals starters dominated in Jacksonville, but they couldn't escape without a few injuries. Kenneth Dixon will be missing a few weeks with his knee injury. A few boaters, on a three hour tour probably, were rescued after being stranded on a deserted island.

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Jags come back on Bengals; Green OK, but Peerman fractures arm
JACKSONVILLE - While the Jaguars were losing the most games in the NFL the last five years, the Bengals were one of four teams who went to the playoffs every one of those seasons and Sunday night had the same kind of feel at EverBank Field despite Jacksonville taking a 26-21 victory with 23 unanswered points.

Podcast: Geoff Hobson, | Lance McAlister
Lance Mcalister and Geoff Hobson talk about Tyler Eifert, Brandon LaFell, Mike Nugent and more.

Devon Still facing likely fine for knocking off Carson Palmer’s helmet
In Sunday's Cardinals-Texans game, Houston rookie linebacker John Simon made an athletic play on a screen pass, tipping the ball, catching it, and exploding for a long return to the end zone for a score.

With Broncos, Patriots flawed, no clear favorite in AFC |
No Manning. No Brady, for the first four games. No clear-cut favorite in the AFC. With the regular season about to kick off, it's anybody's guess who'll be the conference's representative at the Super Bowl in Houston in February.

Bengals mourn sudden loss of PBS groundskeeper Daily
Darian Daily, the longest-tenured head groundskeeper in Paul Brown Stadium history, suddenly passed away Saturday afternoon.

Cincinnati Bengals 2016 Season Cheat Sheet
Everything you need to know about the Cincinnati Bengals entering the 2016 season—including rookies to watch and breakout players—all in one place.

Bengals' injuries mount in preseason loss to Jaguars
On a weekend littered with major injuries across the league, the Cincinnati Bengals probably just wanted to get through Sunday night's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars safe and sound. They didn't make it past pregame warmups.

AFC North Bytes

Kenneth Dixon Injury: Updates on Ravens RB's Knee and Return
Baltimore Ravens running back Kenneth Dixon suffered a torn MCL on Saturday night in his team's 30-9 preseason win against the Detroit Lions, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

A new contract, HOFer praises AB, and more
It's been a busy week for the Steelers, who now have the third preseason game in the books. Linebacker Vince Williams signed a new contract, James Lofton sang Antonio Brown's praises and the third preseason game is in the books.

Browns first roster cuts expected to be announced on Monday
Tuesday at 4 p.m. is the official league deadline to cut rosters from 90 to 75 players, but the Browns are expected to take care of their business before noon on Monday. I wouldn’t expect any big names to go in this cutdown. Most of the cuts should be at the back of the depth chart. One recognizable name that wouldn’t seem to be long for the team is running back Glenn Winston.

Random Bytes

Monday NFL preseason preview - Dak Prescott of Dallas Cowboys plan while Tony Romo is injured
NFL Nation assesses what to watch across the league on Monday, including the Cowboys' plan at quarterback as they try to get rookie fourth-round pick Dak Prescott up to speed.

14 NFL teams took tax dollars for patriotic pregame displays
The Jets are just as patriotic as anybody else, I'm sure. But it's easier to wave the red, white and blue when it comes with a healthy dose of green. According to Christopher Baxter and Jonathan Salant, the New Jersey Army National Guard and the Department of Defense paid the Jets a total of $377,000 from 2011 to 2014 for the salutes and other advertising, citing federal contracts.

Giant "SOS" in the sand leads to rescue of boaters from deserted island
A week after getting marooned on an uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean, the couple was spotted by a U.S. Navy aircrew and rescued successfully. That’s good, as things might have gotten ugly otherwise.

Vikings' Alex Boone rips ex-teammate Colin Kaepernick for lack of respect
Alex Boone chose his words carefully, noting he’d been warned the question was coming. But Boone, the Minnesota Vikings veteran guard, made abundantly clear Sunday he was upset by former San Francisco 49ers teammate Colin Kaepernick’s recent decision not to stand for the Star-Spangled Banner.

Houston Texans QB Brock Osweiler shows progress and accuracy
Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler did exactly what he needed to do in the third preseason game. During the Texans' 34-24 victory over the Arizona Cardinals, Osweiler showed off his accuracy and command of the offense in his best game of the preseason. Osweiler finished 11-for-13 for 146 yards and a touchdown, and he could have had another score had rookie receiver Will Fuller not dropped a long pass in the second quarter.