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Bengals Bytes (11/10): Futility along the offensive line

The Bengals felt great about practice leading up the Jaguars game, but the result for the offensive line ended up being the same. The Browns signed Derron Smith off the Bengals’ practice squad.

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Cincinnati Bengals notes: Physicality and futility on offensive line
Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor couldn’t have pushed the physicality bar any higher in the week leading up to the 23-7 loss in Jacksonville. “We had a physical week of practice, as physical of a week of practice as you can have in-season in the NFL,” Lazor said. “As far as our metrics for practice, our GPS’ numbers and everything we have supports that as well as our eye watching the film.”

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Browns sign Derron Smith off Bengals’ practice squad
The Browns signed defensive back Derron Smith off the Bengals’ practice squad. The team waived defensive back Ibraheim Campbell with an injury designation in a corresponding move. The Bengals selected Smith in the sixth round of the 2015 draft. He appeared in 31 games with Cincinnati, making seven tackles, one pass breakup and six special teams tackles.

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Browns WR Corey Coleman designated to return from IR
Browns wide receiver Corey Coleman has been designated to return from injured reserve and will participate in some periods of practice this week. Coleman, the former first-round pick, has been sidelined with a broken hand since the Browns’ Week 2 loss at Baltimore. He’d be eligible to play as soon as Cleveland’s Week 11 game against the Jaguars.

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