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Bengals Bytes (12/13): Has Marvin Lewis’ seat gotten as hot as it can get?

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Are we watching a coach whose fate has already been decided? The Bengals have Jeff Driskel returns to practice after being placed on Injured Reserve.

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Cincinnati Bengals: Quarterback Jeff Driskel returns from injury
Driskel was place on injured reserved after being injured in the preseason finale against Indianapolis. His return starts a three-week window during he can practice with the team without being counted toward the 53-man active roster. He can be added to the roster at any time during the three-week period.

NFL shouldn’t interfere with Bengals-Steelers
Bengals coaches and players couldn’t really say if there was a “hangover” from that devastating Monday night loss, but it definitely rocked the team in more than a few ways. Not only were the Bengals’ playoff hopes dealt a blow, but so were their chances of winning against the Chicago Bears.

Changes loom for Cincinnati Bengals and Indianapolis Colts
The Louisville area has become a weekly argument for the NFL's Sunday Ticket package. Yes, one of the truths about NFL fandom in the city is that you can count on the following teams to be televised on Sunday afternoon: The Cincinnati Bengals and the Indianapolis Colts.

NFL hot seat rankings: Bengals' Marvin Lewis, Bears' John Fox finished?
Let's begin with that rarest of phrases: "Bravo, Browns." Hue Jackson may be careening toward just the second 0-16 season in NFL history, but he deserves the opportunity to coach Cleveland with the assistance and wisdom of a competent front office, and new GM John Dorsey has the bona fides to build one in the wake of the franchise's analytics cataclysm.

Top 50 Moments: Ken Anderson Lights Up Monday Night Football
Because of the disturbance in routine, punctual puritan Paul Brown always requests the NFL not schedule his team on Monday nights. But on this Monday night, Nov. 17, 1975, he and his Bengals help make Monday Night Football and The Giffer, Danderoo and Howard an institution in its sixth season with the perfect casting for prime time

Back to class
About 48 hours before kickoff someone mused to Lewis that he’d have no problem getting his players up for this one despite the slew of injuries because there would be a band of enthusiastic kids playing in their place.

Former NFL running back Larry Johnson believes he is living with CTE
Former NFL running back Larry Johnson told the Washington Post that he believes he suffers from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. At this time, CTE can be confirmed only after death. Johnson told the Washington Post that his anxiety, paranoia and self-destructive impulses match the symptoms of CTE victims. He describes brief, intense headaches, the jitters, mood swings, violence and forgetfulness.

Bengals' Carlos Dunlap on Bears loss: You can't put that on the coach
Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap has seen the comments regarding the coaching staff on social media following a 33-7 loss to the 4-9 Chicago Bears, and he doesn't agree with it.

AFC North Bytes

Hand Alex Collins the football
Before, there was uncertainty surrounding the former fifth-round draft pick, cut by the Seattle Seahawks. While Alex looked sharp in his limited role, fans weren’t giving the tailback their full trust in carrying the rock. It’s now time to give the man his dues.

Will the season be 16 eggs a laying for the Browns and Hue Jackson? -- Bud Shaw's You Said It
Cleveland sports fans have questions about the Browns, Cavaliers and Indians. Like: Are Kevin Hogan, Connor Shaw, Colt McCoy and Cody Kessler the same guy? Will LeBron James be the Cavs' MVP again, or is there a chance it will be the team orthopedic? Did that really happen to the Indians? Again? Without fans being able to blame Joe Buck? We have answers (sort of). You Said It was created on the premise that Cleveland sports fans need a sense of humor. An occasional shot of vodka, too. But always a sense of humor.

Joe Haden’s potential return will be huge in Steelers vs. Patriots
When the Pittsburgh Steelers picked up Joe Haden from the Cleveland Browns, it was as if Christmas came early. The team bet on Haden’s past two injury-plagued seasons being nothing but a coincidence, and the gamble paid off. With Haden in the lineup, along with Artie Burns, Sean Davis and Mike Mitchell, the Pittsburgh secondary was one of the best in the NFL. Without him, let’s just say the group has resembled Swiss cheese more than a Steel Curtain.

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Saints Fan Sues Team over Protests Before National Anthem
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Aaron Rodgers Medically Cleared to Play vs. Panthers After Shoulder Injury
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