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The Bengals end their preseason with a loss to the Colts. See how the rest of the AFC North ended their preseasons. What is it like to get cut in the NFL?

Colts edge Bengals in preseason finale, 13-10

Paul Guenther coordinates the entire Cincinnati Bengals' defense, but there will always be a soft spot in his heart for linebackers. It’s where he cut his teeth as one of Mike Zimmer’s assistants and it’s a position where he looks for solid tacklers and playmakers.

Cincinnati Bengals have a keeper in Marvin Lewis

The Cincinnati Bengals have succeeded on levels that are envious to other teams and that's all due to the leadership of HC Marvin Lewis.

Bengals' rookie Alex Erickson still raw despite earning return job

Brandon Tate was the Bengals' all-time leading punt returner and is just 28, but they let him go because of the potential they see in Alex Erickson.

Walkthru: Clock ticks on Bengals' contract extensions

The clock is running on the team and several players regarding contract extensions, remembering Darian Daily and we step in the way back machine for some classic videos.

Cincinnati Bengals give starters day off; backups lose to Colts 13-10

The Cincinnati Bengals weren't taking any chances against the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday after watching special-teams captain Cedric Peerman break his forearm against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third preseason game Sunday. Starters Adam Jones and A.J. Green incurred minor injuries in the contest.

Preseason Week 4: Colts vs. Bengals highlights

The Indianapolis Colts take on the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 4 of the 2016 preseason.

The Golden Gang spices defense

Josh Shaw, who was born when his secondary coach wore that other orange in college as Syracuse’s defensive coordinator, was aghast. “KC is 60?” asked Shaw after practice one day last week. “He’s got a lot of energy. “He’s always working out, running around, lively and upbeat. I never would have guessed KC was 60.”

Lewis Postgame News Conference: 9/1

Head Coach Marvin Lewis speaks to the media following the Bengals preseason game against the Colts.

AFC North Bytes

Steelers vs. Panthers - Game Recap

Carolina Panthers running back Cameron Artis-Payne is expected to ease some of Jonathan Stewart's load this season in the running game. He showed Thursday night he's up to the task.

Uninspiring preseason for Robert Griffin III, Browns ends with loss

Robert Griffin III guided the Cleveland Browns' starting offense to one touchdown in three possessions in Thursday's 21-7 preseason finale loss to the Chicago Bears. Griffin was one of the few starting quarterbacks to play in the final exhibition game. The best that can be said about Griffin's night is that he played and got more time with the starters. In one quarter, he had three drives, scored seven points and went 4-for-8 for 31 yards.

Ravens vs. Saints - Game Recap

Baltimore's Josh Johnson passed for 181 yards and rushed for a short touchdown, and the Ravens defeated the New Orleans Saints 23-14 on Thursday night in both clubs' preseason finale. The performance was an important one for Johnson, who is competing with Ryan Mallett to back up Joe Flacco.

Random Bytes

Out the door in 20 minutes: What it's like to get cut in the NFL

After seven seasons, Tim Masthay understands that the NFL is a business. But the abruptness of being fired was what caught the punter off guard. The veteran punter realized that's how fast things can change in the NFL. A half-hour earlier, he was relaxing in the players' lounge with kicker Mason Crosby and long snapper Rick Lovato, waiting for the special teams meeting to start. Thirty-minutes later, he was carrying out his possessions -- some cleats and a few personal items from his locker -- in a backpack after the Green Bay Packers cut him.

College Football’s Grid of Shame

As the college football season begins in earnest, our annual Grid of Shame rates how good the country’s top programs are—and how embarrassed their fans should be.

Cut day: The darkest day in the NFL

On Aug. 29 at 8:58 a.m., my phone started ringing. A former teammate’s number flashed on the screen. He had just sustained a serious injury in the previous game. I answered the call with condolences in mind. “I got hurt bad, bro. I’m out a couple of months … but THANK God! They were about to cut me!”

Teddy Bridgewater injury; NFL roster cuts; Dak Prescott

As rosters are finalized this weekend, here’s a look at 10 developments to monitor for various NFL teams and players. Plus an uncanny parallel of injured QBs, the dirt on Dak and two collegians to watch as season opens.

The First 33 Weeks

An intimate look at how a beleaguered franchise's latest hope attempts to overhaul a losing culture -- from Hue Jackson's initial hesitance about the job to one of the most amazing moments of his life.

Drawing up unstoppable plays for all 32 NFL offenses

Matt Bowen digs deep into all 32 offensive playbooks, drawing up and breaking down the most unstoppable play for every NFL team.

The Chris Borland Effect: He's Changed His Future, but Did He Change the NFL's?

ATLANTA — The man who may or may not have changed football forever is at the center of a 5,000-seat soccer stadium that on this night hosts a total of four fans. He juggles a soccer ball 10 times in a row. Foot to knee, knee to foot, foot to knee.