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Bengals Bytes (1/4): Doctor knows best

A.J. Green wanted to reach 1,00 yards, but he ultimately decided to follow doctor’s orders. Ben Roethlisberger fans the the flame of the Bengals and Steelers rivalry. The 15 finalists for the Hall of Fame were announced, and it is full of worthy first ballot members.

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Cincinnati Bengals in a bind after Adam Jones' latest arrest

With CB Adam Jones facing potential NFL discipline, the Bengals might have to rethink plans involving pending free agent Dre Kirkpatrick and others.

Doc: You can't put yourself in these spots, Adam.

TML is PO'd. Pacman, Clemens and Bonds, defending Marvin. Wild ride today. You can bet Lewis will speak to him. Will it matter? Maybe. But it’s not the coach’s job to police the off-hours behavior of his employees. Jones is 33 years old. Well beyond the age of settling disagreements like he’s on a playground.

The envelope please ...

Like it always does, Black Monday has given way to an offseason streaked with Gray. As in a panorama of maybes-what-ifs-let’s-try-it-on moves with a slew of coaching changes piled on last year’s batch. That’s about half the league. But the Bengals believe they’re closer to reaching a Super Bowl with the current roster of coaches and players rather than blowing it up with what head coach Marvin Lewis calls “a re-boot.”

Will Cincinnati Bengals try to trade AJ McCarron in the offseason?

Maybe Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron knows something everyone else doesn't. McCarron, who could be a potential trade target to a quarterback-needy team, is entering the final season of his four-year rookie contract but seemed to acknowledge the possibility on Monday that he could be in a different uniform before that deal expires.

A.J. Green: I wanted to get 1,000 yards, but Bengals doctors know best

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green won't lie: He wanted to reach 1,000 yards this season. But the choice was ultimately out of his hands after Bengals ownership decided he was to be shut down instead of trying to come back from a hamstring injury.

AFC North Bytes

Ben Roethlisberger rips on the Bengals, begs fans for silence | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Steelers QB doesn’t have much to say about Ndamukong Suh ahead of their playoff matchup. Instead, he took the opportunity to rip the Bengals when asked about Suh.

Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam write letter to ‘apologize for such a disappointing year’ - Browns - Ohio

Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam apologized to fans Tuesday for putting them through the worst season in franchise history. In a letter sent to season-ticket holders and distributed to members of the media, the Haslams fell on the proverbial sword after the Browns set a franchise record for losses in a season by finishing 1-15.

Free agent possibilities for the Baltimore Ravens in 2017

The Baltimore Ravens are not usually a team making big splashes in free agency. However, you never really know with the Ravens as they made a relatively big splash last year with Eric Weddle. I have reviewed the list of free agents in Baltimore’s two biggest needs in my opinion. They desperately need help at WR and CB.

Random Bytes

Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: In the NFL, Bad Owners Make for Bad Franchises

In San Francisco, 49ers owner Jed York, after firing his third coach in three years, was asked at a news conference whether he was competent enough to make the decisions on the next general manager and coaching hires. It was a brutal question, but a needed and fair one.

2017 NFL Hall of Fame Finalists

The finalists for the 2017 NFL Hall of Fame class have been announced with plenty of notable names on the list. Of the 15 modern finalists, only five will be honored at the prestigious institution.

Michael Bennett: Zach Zenner is “just an amazing running back”

The Lions came into the season with designs on having Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick as their lead running backs, but injuries got in the way of that plan. Abdullah only played in two games before a foot injury knocked him out for the season and Riddick missed six games, including the final four, with injuries before ultimately landing on injured reserve as well.

Seahawks sign veteran return man Devin Hester

Just when Devin Hester thought he was out, they pulled him back in. Ahead of their Saturday night showdown with the Detroit Lions, the Seattle Seahawks are signing the former Bears and Ravens kick returner, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday, per a source informed. Hester confirmed the news in an Instagram post.