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Bengals Bytes (8/9): Emerging players

The Bengals are getting healthier but C.J. Uzomah is still taking advantage of his opportunity with two tight ends still sidelined. The Lions refuse to let the Steelers bully them. The Broncos quarterback situation just got a lot more complicated.

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Bengals Walkthru: Simonise story unique as they come
The Walkthru offers thoughts every weekday morning from Bengals columnists Paul Dehner Jr. or Jim Owczarski on Bengals news, personalities or wherever the cursor takes them.

Bengals Day at Camp: Aug. 8
Each day the Bengals beat writers will offer up the highs, lows and basics from the day of practice during training camp. Camp began July 29 and wraps Aug. 16.

Hobson's Choice: rosterisms
The weather and the roster battles are heating up and the readers are thinking about their 53. A key man in the puzzle is Josh Shaw.

Quick hits: deep thoughts; Zim arrives; Greene goes Bengals and bust
You know you’ve got a pretty set depth chart when the only thing of interest on the first one of the year released Monday morning is at punt return. And Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis has offered no surprises there, either, with incumbents Adam Jones and Brandon Tate heading into their sixth season at 1-2.

Men In Stripes: Bengals Training Camp
The Cincinnati Bengals started training camp and the injury bug caught the early and hard. First, Bengals cornerback and first round draft pick, William Jackson III tore his pectoral muscle, which means he might be lost for the season. Next, the Bengals saw Tyler Kroft and Shawn Williams both leave practice early with more minor injuries.

As Bengals training room fills with tight ends, C.J. Uzomah emerges
Tucked behind a pair of frost-tinted doors inside the Cincinnati Bengals' locker room is the team's training room. Lately, it's been packed. Of positions, the tight end spot has been perhaps most disproportionately affected by the injury bug that has suddenly swept through the Bengals' training camp.

Health starting to tilt in Bengals' favor after off day
It's a new week, and the Cincinnati Bengals have to be happy about that. That's because the last one was a tumultuous, topsy-turvy collection of days that had more injury intrigue than the team might wish it had for a complete season. Not only was star tight end Tyler Eifert beginning to make one important transition in his rehab from ankle surgery, but rookie first-round pick William Jackson III was lost for possibly the whole season with a chest injury suffered at the start of the week.

AFC North Bytes

Robert Griffin III was named the starter for Cleveland Browns; Now the true test begins
It has been clear for quite some time, since soon after the Cleveland Browns signed Robert Griffin III, that he would be the team’s starter at quarterback this season. It was a question of when, not if, the franchise’s first-year head coach, Hue Jackson, would choose to make it official.

Will Michael Campanaro's latest injury cost him roster spot with Ravens?
Will wide receiver Michael Campanaro’s latest injury cost him a roster spot on the Ravens? The oft-injured Campanaro missed his second straight practice Monday with what coach John Harbaugh called "little strains."

Pouncey 'the rock' of Steelers' line
Maurkice Pouncey is quick with a smile, loves to laugh and never minds sharing words of encouragement with his teammates, especially during the dog days of training camp when it’s needed most.

Glover Quin says Lions won’t be bullied in joint practices with Steelers
With teams practicing alone for the first week or so of camp, the time has come for joint practices between different franchises. Which means that there could be fireworks at some of the sessions.

Random Bytes

Broncos depth chart: Sanchez, Siemian share No. 1 QB
There is no giveaway on the practice field. Now, there  is no declaration on the depth chart. Who is the Denver Broncos’ No. 1 quarterback? According to the depth chart Broncos head  coach Gary  Kubiak  released Monday morning, it’s Mark Sanchez or Trevor Siemian.

Report: NFL clears Dion Jordan to practice when he’s healthy
Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan may still be a couple weeks from being medically cleared to practice, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday night that the NFL has cleared Jordan to return when he’s ready.

Patriots' Nate Ebner Living Olympic Rugby Dream Following Unspeakable Tragedy
More than 11,000 athletes from every corner of the globe have gathered in Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympic Games. Each person has a unique story, but New England Patriots safety Nate Ebner may have one of the most dramatic.