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Bengals Bytes (9/7): High stakes

Dre Kirkpatrick and the Bengals know what is at stake this season. Mike Tomlin is focused on Justin Gilbert’s future. Packers players still don’t get why Josh Sitton was cut.

NFL outlines terms of Vontaze Burfict's suspension

The Enquirer has learned that the Cincinnati Bengals and Vontaze Burfict have received clarification from the National Football League regarding the Pro Bowl linebacker’s three-week suspension.

Cincinnati Bengals' Dre Kirkpatrick: We know what's at stake

The Bengals once again open their season on the road without Vontaze Burfict, coming off a playoff loss. Can they change the narrative in 2016? The Bengals, who face the Jets at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, are starting their season on the road for the seventh straight season (they’re 3-3 during that period). They are facing a second straight season opener without Vontaze Burfict, who was still recovering from microfracture surgery at this time last year, and is serving a three-game suspension to begin this season.

Boomer Esiason recalls 9/11 attacks as 15th anniversary nears

Fifteen years later, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks still resonate with former Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets quarterback Boomer Esiason. Esiason, a Long Island native, remembered the event of that day on his Twitter account Tuesday, days before the Bengals and the Jets meet at MetLife Stadium on the 15th anniversary.

Buffalo Bills boost return game, sign Brandon Tate

The Buffalo Bills made a move to boost their return game, signing Brandon Tate on Tuesday. The veteran wide receiver was released by the Cincinnati Bengals on Aug. 30.

Emotional opener as Coyles observe 9/11

Harry Coyle, who inhaled war 15 years ago, clears his throat in chunks of history now known as “The World Trade Center Cough.” He wheezes slightly and rattles with New York resilience. He can still taste death and dust and see the carnage of a new century’s horror as he bounded off Ladder No. 18 that day everything changed.

Doc: This is a game good teams have to win

Terrific Tuesday looms, with someone named Andy Dalton making his first appearance on the highly entertaining Beyond The Stripes, now in its fourth big season streaming live on Cincinnati.com, straight from the Hofbrauhaus in Newport, home of liter beers in very heavy, glass steins.

The Andy Dalton lost luggage saga, in his own words

emember that time Andy Dalton lost his luggage in Dallas in the most "how even" way? Well, the world finally got the mea culpa it was waiting for Tuesday night on "Beyond the Stripes."

Bengals playing follow the leader, Dalton shoots for his 'shining moment'

It's a regular season work week (finally) and there is a lot going on to get to – including a big night tonight for Beyond The Stripes and the release of the globally renowned Bengals Beat Podcast, so I'll keep today's Walkthru short and sweet.

Bengals Beat Podcast: Season Preview

Enquirer Bengals beat writers Paul Dehner Jr. and Jim Owczarski line up the season coming off of the final cuts and look ahead at the shape the team finds itself in entering the opener against the New York Jets.

AFC North Bytes

Ben Watson: Low volume, high impact

Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson may never play another NFL down, but he has left a legacy that means well more than any athletic accomplishment.

Steelers notebook: Mike Tomlin not interested in CB Justin Gilbert's stormy career with Cleveland

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he is not interested in the problems newly acquired cornerback Justin Gilbert had with the Cleveland Browns, nor did he care to talk to anyone there about their former No. 1 draft choice. All he cared was that Gilbert, the eighth overall pick in the 2014 draft, was available to help provide depth in the Steelers secondary.

Browns traded the No.2 pick because they felt Carson Wentz couldn’t be top 20 QB

Hue Jackson was the only head coach that was in attendance at Carson Wentz’s Pro Day at North Dakota State. Other coaches wanted to be there, but inclement weather prevented them.

Random Bytes

Source: Free agent WR David Nelson likely to sign with a new team soon

David Nelson might well be on an NFL roster soon sources tell Metro as several teams are eyeing the former New York Jets wide receiver. The veteran Nelson is currently a free agent but three teams have reached out to him about signing. A league source said that among those teams are the Cincinnati Bengals and an NFC North team. Nelson has reportedly turned down both offers.

AFC scouting reports: Overrated, underrated players

A rival scout gives his quick takes on the players being overlooked and overhyped entering the 2016 season. Andy Dalton being overrated is one of those takes.

Ranking every backup quarterback of 2016 NFL season

NFL back-up quarterbacks are long-term investments at best and nightmare scenarios at worst, and so, they must be ranked. On Sports Illustrated's list, AJ McCarron comes in at No. 2.

T.J. Lang doesn’t know why Packers cut Josh Sitton either

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said there are “a lot of things” that went into the decision to release Pro Bowl guard Josh Sitton over the weekend. Apparently McCarthy hasn’t elected to tell the rest of the team what those things happen to be.

Ezekiel Elliott Won't Face Domestic Violence Charges

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will not face domestic violence charges following an investigation by the city prosecutor's office in Columbus, Ohio.

The face of L.A. football

In courtside seats at Staples Center last March for Lakers-Cavs, two familiar faces drew nearly as much attention as the competition on the court. Not far from where Jack Nicholson, Dyan Cannon and Selena Gomez could be found were two towering figures representing the history and future of football in Los Angeles.