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Bengals Bytes (9/4): Trust between Cincinnati and Michael Johnson played a part in him getting released

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The Bengals knew they could trust Michael Johnson to possibly stick around while they place a player on injured reserve.

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Bengals prep for opener with best of both worlds
The Bengals head into Sunday’s opener in Indy (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) tipping about as much balance as you can get with one of the NFL’s biggest spending teams matched with one of the league’s youngest rosters.

Marvin Lewis News Conference Transcript 9/3
“It’s exciting. It really is exciting to be at this point. When your past season finishes, it seems so far away. Then as you get through to when we started the offseason program, through the draft process and training camp, it really seems to fly by. It seems like a long time, those nine weeks (before the draft), five weeks in between (minicamp and training camp) and six weeks (of training camp). Those go by pretty fast. I am excited about where we are, and I’m excited about our preparation this week to play a game on Sunday and win. That’s what is exciting about it. They worked hard, and now we’re at the point where everything you do counts for real.”

Quick hits: Green, Dalton carry the base; Mike goes from cut to captain, Lazor, Haslett on Hackenberg
The Bengals have been the team of wide receiver A.J. Green and quarterback Andy Dalton pretty much since they arrived within 24 hours of each other in April of 2011. But their teammates made it official Monday when they voted Green and Dalton captains of the offense. They joined right end Michael Johnson and strong safety Shawn Williams on defense and linebacker Vincent Rey and free safety Clayton Fejedelem on special teams.

Harris to IR; Hackenberg to PS
On Monday morning the Bengals officially announced the signing of former second-round pick Christian Hackenberg to the practice squad to serve as the No. 3 quarterback. They also sent rookie cornerback Davontae Harris (knee) to injured reserve to make room for Sunday’s re-signing of Michael Johnson. Harris is eligible to be re-called in mid-season.

Paul Dehner Jr. predicts Cincinnati Bengals' season
The national narrative and overlooked nature of the Bengals makes sense. They did bring back their coach without a playoff win. They did retain their quarterback who lacks the “wow” factor that moves the needle. They did make their biggest offseason splashes in the trenches, where few pay attention.

Bengals Notes: Mutual trust allowed team to release, re-sign Johnson; injury update
The Bengals' decision to release veteran defensive end Michael Johnson on Saturday and re-sign him on Monday was a procedural one that allowed them to keep another player on the initial 53-man roster, and the only way it could happen was the matter of trust built up between the team and him.

Bengals place fifth-round pick Davontae Harris on IR
He played 57 defensive snaps and 14 special teams snaps in the preseason opener against the Bears, tying for the team high with six tackles, including one for loss, and forcing a fumble.

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