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Bengals Bytes (8/30): Familiar formula

The Bengals have been showing that little has changed since last year with their impressive performance Sunday. Which AFC North offseason acquisition may not even make the final roster? Jim Harbaugh offers his thoughts on Colin Kaepernick.

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NFL 2016: Animosity between Bengals & Steelers flavors race

Round 1 was a raw affair in Pittsburgh on Nov. 1, when the Bengals rallied to win after a week of long-distance name calling. The rematch on Dec. 13 at Paul Brown Stadium was even nastier, starting with a pregame brawl at midfield and ending with Pittsburgh pulling away after Andy Dalton broke a thumb.

Bengals' 53-man roster projection has rookie unseating leading kick returner Brandon Tate

The Cincinnati Bengals must cut their roster to 75 by 4 p.m. ET Tuesday and to 53 by 4 p.m. ET Saturday. Here's a final 53-man roster projection

Bengals waive Zach Hocker, 10 others and give Mike Nugent kicking job

The Cincinnati Bengals waived 11 players on Monday to cut their roster to 79. Here's a closer look at the first 11 cuts

Cincinnati Bengals' A.J. Green, Adam Jones OK after injury scares

Wide receiver A.J. Green and cornerback Adam Jones said they were doing fine after a tense Sunday night that saw three Cincinnati Bengals Pro Bowlers from 2015 get injured. Green said he banged knees with a defender who was trying to make a tackle and was removed from the game as a precaution.

Injuries cloud roster picture

The Bengals went into Jacksonville with two goals Sunday night. Fine tune the passing game and avoid the major injury. Thanks to Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill, one out of two has to suffice because Pro Bowl special teamer Cedric Peerman emerged with a fractured forearm that figures to have a trickle-down impact on Saturday’s cut to 53.

Familiar formula leads Bengals into opener

The hallmarks of the Bengals run to five straight post-season appearances looked intact and ready for the Sept. 11 opener despite Sunday night’s 26-21 loss to the Jaguars at EverBank Field. A stifling defense and the A.J. Green-Andy Dalton connection bolstered by an experienced offensive line that opens up other options mauled what is supposed to be an up-and-coming Jacksonville team by 14-3 in a first half the first offense and defense had the ball for six more minutes, 10 more plays, and 73 more yards.

Trio of local players among Bengals' cuts

The Bengals made the first wave of cuts on Monday, letting go 11 players. They now have until 4 p.m. on Thursday to trim four more and get the roster to the 75-man maximum.

AFC North Bytes

Le'Veon Bell, Ladarius Green not on Steelers' final roster projection

The Pittsburgh Steelers must cut their roster to 75 by 4 p.m. ET Tuesday and to 53 by 4 p.m. ET Saturday. Here’s a final 53-man roster projection

Ravens Place Benjamin Watson & Kyle Arrington On IR, Release 9 Other Players

Baltimore began making its first round of cuts by trimming the roster by 11 players. The Ravens need to release four others before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. deadline.

Andy Lee to Panthers

The Carolina Panthers have acquired punter Andy Lee in a trade with the Cleveland Browns, the team announced on its official Twitter account. Carolina received Lee and a 2017 seventh-round pick in exchange for punter Kasey Redfern and a 2018 fourth-round pick, according to Max Henson of

Random Bytes

Monday Injury Rounds: Preseason Week 3

It wasn't all good news last week, but lots of players returning from injuries saw time in the third preseason game and looked healthy. Le'Veon Bell, Ezekiel Elliott, Matt Forte, Sammy Watkins, Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, Victor Cruz, Joe Flacco, and Jared Cook all returned to play and finished their games without any obvious setbacks. Bell, Elliott, and Gordon looked particularly good. We may not see Jamaal Charles or Thomas Rawls or Jordy Nelson until the first week of the season, but all three continue to progress toward full contact practices.

Detroit Lions lineman Kerry Hyder's fine may be more than his salary

Detroit Lions lineman Kerry Hyder was fined $18,231 for his roughing penalty on Cincinnati quarterback A.J. McCarron -- a sum larger than his likely pay during training camp, a source says.

NBC, the only network with two primetime NFL packages, names broadcast teams for 2016 season – NBC Sports NFL

STAMFORD, Conn. – Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (analyst), and Heather Cox (sideline reporter) will call NBC’s new Thursday Night Football package. Michaels and Collinsworth return to call NBC’s Sunday Night Football – primetime TV’s No. 1 show for a historic five consecutive years – joined by sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.

Listen to Carrie Underwood’s new song, "Oh, Sunday Night" – NBC Sports NFL

Ready for Sunday Night? Carrie Underwood and friends are here to ensure you are. Underwood's new song, "Oh, Sunday Night," is the new theme song for "Sunday Night Football".

Dolphins WRs Stills, Parker hurt in practice

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins starting receivers Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker have left practice with injuries. Stills was hurt during a one-on-one drill, fell to the turf and remained down for a couple of minutes. Parker made a long touchdown catch and came up limping.

Jim Harbaugh Offers Some Muddled Thoughts On Colin Kaepernick

At a press conference today, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, who used to coach 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco, was asked to give his thoughts about Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the National Anthem

Where the Redfern Goes: Panthers Trade Kasey and 4th Rounder for Andy Lee - Cat Scratch Reader

The Panthers, clearly not at all happy about their punting situation, have made the move to acquire one of the game’s best punters from the Cleveland Browns. In exchange, the Browns receive a 4th round draft pick in 2018 and BOI, punter Kasey Redfern. The Panthers also receive a 2017 7th round draft choice in the deal.

Chargers Release WR James Jones | San Diego Chargers

The Chargers announced Monday that veteran wide receiver James Jones has been released. The 32-year old was signed on Aug. 4 following a season-ending injury to Stevie Johnson. He caught seven passes this preseason for 69 yards.