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Bengals Bytes (9/27): Time for a run

The Bengals need to go on a run and take advantage of the easier portions of the schedule. The Steelers get Le’Veon Bell back from suspension. The Falcons ruin the Saints’ anniversary of reopening the Superdome.

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NFL: Denver Broncos at Cincinnati Bengals Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals Walkthru: Sending Monday emojis

The day after every game, I will send out my Monday emojis. I'll dig into the depths of the text emoji catalog to find the perfect connections for handing out the good, bad and ugly of the Bengals' performance.

Vontaze Burfict back from ban, ready to 'take control'

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was greeted by a large group of reporters as soon as he entered the locker room on Monday afternoon.

Cincinnati Bengals Adam Jones is not ready to panic

Cornerback Adam Jones seemed puzzled when asked if anyone was panicking following the Cincinnati Bengals' 29-17 loss to the Broncos. It’s only September, Jones reminded everyone.

It's a snap as No. 55 returns

If Vontaze Burfict had to watch a game instead of play in one, then at least he got to do it with one of his favorite people. But even his toddler had a question.

A.J. Green: "It Starts With Me"

On Thursday morning following the birth of his son Easton Ace, proud dad A.J. Green was asked if had a gained a new perspective on life after becoming a father. “This guy is depending on me and I’m going to have to show him the ropes,” he said. I can guarantee this about young Easton: He will be taught the importance of owning up to your mistakes.

Looking for a run

The bad news? The Bengals are 1-2 for the first time since the first year of the Green-Dalton era and find themselves where they were then. Behind the Ravens and Steelers. The good news? The AFC is wide open and you can just ask the Jets, Chiefs, and Chargers also grappling at 1-2.

Bengals notes: Dropped picks, Eifert 'close,' UC's Pead in Miami

Bengals defensive coordinator says dropped interceptions changed the game, plus, if Tyler Eifert can play, UC's Isaiah Pead landing in Miami and Hue Jackson has to assure Browns not tanking.

AFC North Bytes

Report: Browns offensive lineman Bailey arrested for OVI

Browns offensive lineman Alvin Bailey was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated early Monday morning, a few hours after returning from an overtime loss at Miami. The Royalton Post reported that Bailey admitted to drinking on the team plane and later at a business in the area.

John Harbaugh: Timmy Jernigan is a 'wrecking ball'

In an exclusive interview with CSN, John Harbaugh said Timmy Jernigan is finally making a difference while offering praise for team's defense.

Bell rejoins Steelers, wants to make impact

Coming off a 34-3 whipping at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles, a game in which they managed just 29 rushing yards, the Steelers could use a boost. That’s what Le’Veon Bell plans to be.

Random Bytes

Former Cowboy Greg Hardy arrested on drug charge

Former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy was arrested on a drug charge Sunday in the Dallas suburb of Richardson, according to NBC 5 in Dallas. Hardy was arrested on possession of a controlled substance and transported to Richardson County Jail.

Anthony Davis announces retirement from NFL

Well, there we go. San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Anthony Davis has announced to the NFL that he is retiring immediately. This marks his second retirement in as many years.

Falcons vs. Saints: Score and Twitter Reaction for Monday Night Football

The Atlanta Falcons last made the playoffs in the 2012 season, but their offense appeared primed to change that drought during Monday's 45-32 victory over the New Orleans Saints.

Jets awarded tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Austin Seferian-Jenkins is headed to New York. The tight end was claimed by the Jets after being waived by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday, the Jets announced Monday. New York waived linebacker Julian Stanford to make room for Seferian-Jenkins.

La'el Collins has torn ligament in foot, out 6-10 weeks

The Dallas Cowboys will have to do without a key starter on their celebrated offensive line. Second-year guard La'el Collins has torn a ligament in his foot, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the injury. A second opinion will determine if Collins needs surgery, but he's tentatively expected to miss 6-10 weeks, per Rapoport.