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Bengals Bytes (1/22): False alarm

The Dalton’s are expecting a new addition to their family. The Steelers got an earlier wake up call than they would’ve liked. The Colts fired their GM, and one former player had an interesting reaction to it.

NFL: AFC Divisional-Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

It's all in the cards

The odyssey to orange has begun. The personnel department has been grinding all fall, but when the Bengals coaches and scouts descend on the Senior Bowl Monday it marks the beginning of the final push for the April 27-29 draft.

Should The Bengals Bring Terrelle Pryor Back?

Terrelle Pryor had a great season last year, to say the least. He has been the unanimous best player on the 1-15 Cleveland Browns and has proved to so many that he can be a star in this league. Looking back on his fantastic 2016 season, Cincinnati could find themselves regretting the day they released him. Could they be considering a reunion?

Bengals: College Soccer Star Enters Open Kicker Competition

The Cincinnati Bengals have had their fair share of kicking woes over the years. Could recently signed college soccer star Jonathan Brown finally be the answer? In November 2016, Chad Johnson found his way back into the news when he said he’d be willing to kick for the Bengals. Morale was at an all time low, and with all playoff hopes dashed partly due to spotty kicking, some fans almost wanted to throw good-ol’ Chad out there at kicker—just to see what would happen.

Who Dey Notes: Bengals' Andy Dalton; ESPN Likes Geno Atkins

After a disappointing year, there’s nothing better than some time away. Recharging the batteries can do wonders for a head full of negative memories. It gets even better with wonderful family ties. That’s exactly how it’s going with Andy Dalton and his wife Jordan. Dalton and his beautiful spouse are expecting an addition to the family. Their 2-year-old-son, Noah, will soon have a playmate to boss around.

AFC North Bytes

False fire alarm causes Steelers hotel to be evacuated

Alarms began going off at the hotel where the team is staying ahead of Sunday evening’s AFC Championship Game around 3 a.m. and Rich Walsh of KDKA reports that the entire building had to be evacuated while the fire department responded. The ringing continued for 30 minutes before everyone was allowed back to their rooms.

McMullen: Browns Send A Message With Jamie Collins Extension

Whether you want to call it Moneyball or tanking, the Cleveland Browns’ tear-down looks like a one-year exercise only. The reported re-signing of Jamie Collins to a deal that will make the athletic, three-down player the highest-paid traditional linebacker in the NFL is hardly the kind of deal Paul DePodesta would have validated when he was in the baseball world.

The Ravens simply can’t cut Mike Wallace

At this time last year, wide receiver Mike Wallace was coming off the worst season in his seven-year career with the Minnesota Vikings. Wallace posted 39 receptions, 473 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. During the 2015 season, Wallace's snaps were reduced in favor of then rookie sensation and former Maryland Terrapin Stefon Diggs. Things were looking bleak for Wallace and the writing was on the wall for his time in Minnesota. After trying to work out a pay cut from his $11.5 million salary that he was due, the Vikings released the disgruntled receiver on March 7th, 2016.

Random Bytes

Reggie Wayne on Ryan Grigson Firing: 'It Was a Long Time Coming'

NFL Media's Reggie Wayne explains what could be next for the Indianapolis Colts after the firing of general manager Ryan Grigson.

Bill O'Brien: Unique Patriots' RB model puts defenses in a bind

Quick-hit thoughts and notes around the New England Patriots and NFL: 1. Le’Veon Bell is the marquee running back in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game between the Steelers and Patriots, which is a point few would argue. But catching up with Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien last week, his thoughts on the Patriots’ offensive backfield were a reminder that the unit also shouldn't be overlooked.

NFL Conference Championships 2017: Everything You Need to Know for Sunday

There are years when we can look back at Championship Sunday in the NFL after the Super Bowl and easily agree that the playoff's best game wasn't, in fact, the one played under the brightest international spotlight. Instead it was a game from among the NFL's version of the final four that provided the real marquee playoff matchup. But what if instead we just get three riveting games to end the season?

Championship Sunday injury report

Coach Mike McCarthy noted Friday that Nelson, Adams and Allison could all be game-time decisions. The trio did not practice Friday. Nelson missed practice Friday due to illness, but McCarthy said that shouldn't determine his status for Sunday. Nelson, Adams and Allison are expected to play though injury, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Nelson has ordered military grade kevlar padding, according to sources.