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Take a look at the Bengals and the Broncos’ wild history. The Steelers have a receiver returning from injury on Sunday. Now that the Patriots have possibly lost another quarterback, what will they do in Week 4?

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Cincinnati Bengals High 5: Five questions with Dre Kirkpatrick

When Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick intercepted Ben Roethlisberger in last week’s 24-16 loss, it marked the cornerback’s first interception since December 2014, a span of 20 games.

Another first down for Sam

New heart. Same passion. Or in the world of Samuel David Wyche, the Bengals Super Bowl coach, that means sticking with the same game plan. Wyche, in no particular order the master of the no huddle, worthy causes, and unshakeable beliefs, had been home less than a day with a new heart Friday afternoon when he summed it up the only way he can.

Bengals notes: Eifert reaches 'final step' in recovery

Tyler Eifert completed a full week of practice for the first time this season with Friday’s morning session. Twenty-one new walk-through metal detectors will be installed at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday for the 2016 home opener against the Denver Broncos. The detectors are called magnetometers and have been installed at Gate A, Gate F and the West Club entrance.

Bengals Walkthru: Bengals-Broncos have wild history

If attempting to predict the unexpected and/or dramatic in a season for the Bengals, just finger your way down the schedule until you find the Denver Broncos. Seems like whenever these two teams get together, stakes are high or the ride is wild.

Former Bengals coach released from hospital with new heart

PICKENS, S.C. (WKRC) - Former Bengals coach Sam Wyche was released from the hospital on Thursday.His move home comes just 9 days after he got a new heart. Wyche walked out Thursday afternoon and was resting comfortably in Pickens, South Carolina.

George Iloka: Colin Kaepernick's protest started a needed conversation

Cincinnati Bengals safety George Iloka has heard the ongoing discussion about whether San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick should or should not kneel during the national anthem. Iloka says he thinks anyone discussing that aspect of the protest is missing Kaepernick’s point.

Bengals Install Walk-Through Metal Detectors At Select Gates

The Bengals will use walk-through metal detectors at select gates beginning with Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos. The detectors, called magnetometers, have been installed at Gate A, Gate F and the West Club entrance. Hand-held metal detectors will continue to be used at the remaining entrances to the Stadium plaza.

By The Numbers Game Preview: Week 3

This is a summit of two of the top AFC teams since 2011, when the Bengals drafted A.J. Green and Andy Dalton and Hall-of-Fame quarterback John Elway selected linebacker Von Miller in one of his first acts as Broncos GM. Since then, Denver (60) and Cincinnati (53) have the second and third most regular-season wins in the AFC behind New England’s 64.

AFC North Bytes

Derrick Kindred ready for starting role, prepared 'each and every week' for moment

The tape said it all. After watching Derrick Kindred’s debut two weeks ago in front of a hostile crowd in Philadelphia, Browns coach Hue Jackson outlined why the rookie safety could play a key role this season and a promising career in store.

Ravens put bizarre 2015 loss to Jaguars behind them

The Ravens insist last year’s bizarre loss to the Jaguars is behind them, and Sunday’s game at Jackonsville is all about the 2016 season, not righting some wrong from 2015.

Markus Wheaton Injury: Updates on Steelers Star's Shoulder and Return

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton has not played this season because of a shoulder injury, and his official playing status for Week 3 against the Philadelphia Eagles has yet to be announced.

Random Bytes

Austin Seferian-Jenkins' release from Bucs was long time coming

Rather than being the sole reason for his release, the drunk-driving arrest of tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins early Friday was the last straw for the Buccaneers. Bucs coach Dirk Koetter indicated that was the case during his first public comments on the matter Friday night on SiriusXM NFL Radio, with co-host Gil Brandt and me.

Mike Ditka Comments on Colin Kaepernick's National Anthem Protest

Outspoken Hall of Famer Mike Ditka became the latest high-profile name to weigh in on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest Friday when he ripped the signal-caller's actions.

Jacoby Brissett Injury: Updates on Patriots QB's Thumb and Return

The New England Patriots are left searching at quarterback again, as rookie Jacoby Brissett suffered a thumb injury in Week 3 against the Houston Texans. It's unclear when he'll return to the field.

Simms & Lefkoe Podcast: Dan Patrick, Comparing Wentz to Luck, Week 3 Picks

The guys keep the podcast magic rolling with Episode 81! Football Night in America host and broadcasting legend Dan Patrick joins the show to break down the NFL heading into Week 3. Dan shares why he thinks that Aaron Rodgers is at a "pivotal" point in his career. Later on, Dan shares which team he thinks is the NFL's best after two games.

Raiders 1st-round pick to make debut on defense in Tennessee

First-round draft pick Karl Joseph's debut on defense is coming three weeks later than he had hoped and maybe a few weeks earlier than the Raiders planned. With Oakland's pass defense still stinging after back-to-back thumpings by Drew Brees and Matt Ryan, coach Jack Del Rio is open to seeing what Joseph can do.Raiders 1st-round pick to make debut on defense in Tennessee

First-round draft pick Karl Joseph's debut on defense is coming three weeks later than he had hoped and maybe a few weeks earlier than the Raiders planned. With Oakland's pass defense still stinging after back-to-back thumpings by Drew Brees and Matt Ryan, coach Jack Del Rio is open to seeing what Joseph can do.