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Bengals Bytes (9/29): Prepping for war

Two explosive offenses and injury-riddled defenses get set to face-off in Week 4, as the Falcons host the Bengals.

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Devonta Freeman (knee) will not play against Bengals -
Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Friday that the running back Devonta Freeman (knee) made progress through the week, but will sit out of Sunday's matchup with the Bengals.

Bengals coaches try to solve one of their own
Drafted by Dick LeBeau, honed by Marvin Lewis and empowered by Darrin Simmons as his coach on the field, Marquand Manuel didn’t think much about becoming an actual coach until Teryl Austin told him a few seasons later he thought he had what it takes...

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Mike Zimmer: We’re going to shore up some things and go from there – ProFootballTalk
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