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Bengals Bytes (9/4): Desperation

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The Bengals go young at wide receiver after final cuts. The Browns traded the Steelers one of their busts. The Vikings made one of the most desperate trades in NFL history.

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Vontaze Burfict's suspension officially begins

The 2016 NFL season begins in many ways on Saturday, as teams had to reduce their rosters to 53, but for Vontaze Burfict it marks the hitting of the pause button on his year.

Bengals cut down to 53-man roster, Hardison to IR

The Cincinnati Bengals reduced their roster by 22 players on Saturday in advance of the 4 p.m. deadline, including moving Pro Bowl linebacker Vontaze Burfict to the suspended list.

IND-CIN grades: Defenses lead the way in low-scoring Colts’ preseason Week 4 win

Top takeaways and highest-graded players from the Indianapolis Colts' preseason Week 4 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. DeShawn Williams had a big night attacking the quarterback and Jake Kumerow had a solid performance though the Bengals' offense struggled.

Bengals keep 3 rookie WRs, hope Peerman or Jackson can return

As injuries loomed over the Bengals on Cutdown Day Saturday, they still may have more moves in store Sunday when they kept both special team Pro Bowler Cedric Peerman and first-round pick William Jackson on their 53-man roster in the hopes one of them can return later in the season. And Alex Erickson (above), one of three rookie wide receivers, was the only undrafted rookie to make it.

AFC North Bytes

Justin Gilbert to Steelers

After struggling to live up to his first-round draft status for two seasons, cornerback Justin Gilbert was traded from the Cleveland Browns to the rival Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday. ESPN's Adam Schefter was the first to report the deal. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirmed the deal and added that the Browns received a 2018 sixth-round pick in return.

Cleveland Browns reduce roster to 53

The Browns on Saturday moved one step closer to the regular season by reducing their roster from 75 to the NFL-mandated 53. The roster will remain this size throughout the regular season with 46 eligible to play on game days. The following moves were made Saturday

Justin Forsett Released by Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens are reportedly releasing veteran running back Justin Forsett, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network confirmed the move. The 30-year-old played 10 games for the Ravens in 2015, running for 641 yards and two touchdowns on 151 carries. Forsett suffered a broken arm that ended his season in November, and he's at an age when running backs generally begin declining—if they haven't already. He averaged 4.2 yards per carry last year, 1.2 yards fewer than in his 2014 Pro Bowl campaign.

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The 32 Pivotal Players for the 2016 NFL Season

For each team, the season will hinge on one guy’s success more than any other. These are the players—some big stars, some new faces, some underappreciated contributors—who’s performance will make or break their club.

Vikings Made a Desperate but Necessary Move by Trading for Sam Bradford

There’s a number to keep in mind before we even begin processing what the Minnesota Vikings gave the Philadelphia Eagles to acquire quarterback Sam Bradford. The number? Fourteen.

The 10 biggest names who got cut this NFL preseason

Not everyone who got cut this preseason was as lucky as Mark Sanchez, who was released by Denver on Saturday and snatched up by Dallas almost as soon as the news was announced. Some other notable names are out of a job after cutdown day in the NFL ... at least until the next needy team comes calling. Here are the 10 biggest names who got cut this preseason.

Kyle Long, Chicago Bears agree on four-year, $40 million contract extension

The Chicago Bears and Pro Bowl guard Kyle Long have agreed to a four-year, $40 million contract extension, according to an NFL Media report. The Bears have not confirmed the move. Long, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, has started 47 of 48 career games since Chicago drafted him 20th overall in 2013.

Carson Wentz Reportedly to Be Eagles QB over Chase Daniel When Healthy

With Sam Bradford out of the picture, the Philadelphia Eagles are reportedly set to turn to rookie Carson Wentz as the starting quarterback this season. The Eagles announced Saturday that they dealt Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for a 2017 first-round pick and 2018 fourth-round selection.