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Bengals Bytes (9/20): Marvin Lewis shares high praise for Luke Kuechly

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Luke Kuechly is from the Cincinnati era, and Marvin Lewis wishes he could find a team full of players like him.

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Gio leads battered backs
In the Bengals’ 34-23 victory over the Ravens, Joe Mixon began the running backs’ tale of woe when he slightly tore a knee meniscus and is out for an unspecified amount of time after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. Then in the next practice on Monday Tra Carson pulled his hamstring and while he may return to the Bengals when he gets healthy in a month or so, the Bengals had to waive him injured to make room for somebody that can play Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) if needed in Carolina.

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But when he does return he’s going to have some skins on the wall for head coach Marvin Lewis and his teammates to respect as a gamer. His fourth-quarter performance last Thursday night that helped fend off the Ravens in prime time on a knee that went under the knife less than 48 hours later is taking its place in Bengals lore.

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Joe Mixon worked in the weight room with a sleeve covering the knee that had arthroscopic surgery on Saturday. By lunch time Giovani Bernard’s backups were also 5-9 in rookie Mark Walton and the freshly-signed Rawls, both of whom have yet to play since the preseason.

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Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon says he has 'slight tear' of meniscus
Bengals running back Joe Mixon, who had a procedure Saturday to remove loose particles in his knee, said he will return from a knee injury when he feels comfortable. Mixon said he had a "slight tear" in his meniscus, but he feels great and has been walking around. The procedure to repair the knee took about an hour, he said.

4 things to know about new Bengals RB Thomas Rawls
With RB Joe Mixon set to miss some time due to his knee injury and subsequent surgery, the Cincinnati Bengals waltzed out and signed former Seahawks and Jets RB Thomas Rawls. Many of the Bengals faithful will remember Rawls as the man who gashed us for 169 yards in the OT win against the Seahawks back in 2015. That season, he ran for 830 yards on 147 carries. He only started 7 games and played in 13.

Marvin Lewis: Bengals want to "clone" players like Luke Kuechly
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Kuechly's roots run deep through the area. Growing up in Evendale, a suburb of Cincinnati, Kuechly was a star defensive player at St. Xavier High School before going on to great things away from home with the Boston College Eagles and, eventually, the Panthers. Given his history in the area, Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis has had his eyes on Kuechly for a long time.

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Cincinnati Bengals rookie center Billy Price is out at least two weeks with a foot injury. Price said his injury, which occurred during Thursday’s win against Baltimore, was just diagnosed Wednesday morning and he is required to wear a boot full-time but he does not need surgery.

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