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Bengals Bytes (6/5): Lighting a fire

Vontaze Burfict’s leadership could lead the Bengals to new heights. Corey Coleman continues to struggle with injuries. Rob and Rex Ryan were involved in a bar fight over the weekend.

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Burfict's leadership role will ignite Bengals' passion
Believe it or not, this is exactly what the Cincinnati Bengals need. With all the negative press and lack of love on the national scene, Vontaze Burfict could be the answer. The least likely of players will have to step up and lead the Bengals’ young defense. But, that’s a win-win scenario for a team that could use a shot of adrenaline. The league’s big, bad bully will have a chance to rub off on his veteran teammates and influence the rookies as well.

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Matt Williamson gives his State of the #Bengals address

AFC North Bytes

When will Le’Veon Bell show up for the Steelers?
With exclusive-rights free agent (i.e., not a free agent at all) Alejandro Villanueva unsigned but nevertheless showing up for offseason workouts, exclusively-tagged running back Le’Veon Bell hasn’t. The question becomes when will he?

Corey Coleman's recurrent injuries continue a star-crossed record at receiver in recent Browns history
The latest situation with Corey Coleman – who is out indefinitely with multiple injuries, none of which the Browns will specify – typifies the franchise’s struggle with the sport’s money position. This is a talent virus that has afflicted every football regime of the expansion era.

Terrance West taking nothing for granted
A year ago, Terrance West was fighting for a roster spot. Now, he's the Baltimore Ravens' unquestioned starter at running back. But West insists he's as hungry as he's ever been. "Anything can change any given day, any practice," West said. "Each and every day you’ve just got to come out and perform. You’re as [good] as your last play, so that’s how I look at it."

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LeSean McCoy Says 'Don't Be Surprised' If Jeremy Maclin Signs with Bills
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Leonard Williams Allegedly Broke Up Argument Between Darron Lee, Woman on Video
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Video Appears to Show Rex, Rob Ryan Involved in Bar Fight in Nashville
Former NFL coaches Rex and Rob Ryan appeared to get into an altercation at a bar in Nashville on Sunday. Twitter user Cooper Stefaniak shared two videos in which two men resembling the Ryan brothers are involved in a scuffle with bar patrons