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Bengals News (10/3): Could Cincinnati be in for another rough few seasons?

How bad are these next few seasons going to be?

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Quick Hits: Offense seeks ID; WRs Hit Again; Three DL Return To Work
“You know what stood out to me,” Turner repeated after Wednesday’s walk through the furnace as he reflected on Monday night’s eight sacks of quarterback Andy Dalton. “Just how hard these guys worked until the last second of the last play. These guys go at it. It was a long night. But there was never a look. There’s not a quitter among those five. I’ll coach those guys until the end of time as far as I’m concerned.”

Taylor's Thoughts On The Cardinals, Run Game And More
We’re right back to work, and we’re getting ready for Arizona. I think our guys are still playing motivated, and they’re excited to be back in the building. We took a day off yesterday, so today we get a chance to start game-planning and introducing the plan to these guys. The big news for today is that we’re going to put John Ross on IR (Reserve/Injured). His injury is probably a six- to eight-week injury. It’s hard to guarantee what the timeline is, so the best decision is to put him on IR. He’s somebody that we would be able to bring back later in the season. It’s tough news for him. He really worked hard to come back from injury in training camp, and he was playing well. It’s tough to see a guy go through that when he’s fought through this before. We’ll be ready for him to get back when he heals up.

Bengals Sign Morgan From Practice Squad, Place Ross On Reserve/Injured List
Morgan (6-5, 205), a rookie out of the University of Nebraska, was a college free agent signee of the Bengals in May. He spent four seasons (2015-18) at Nebraska, and left with school records for career receptions (189) and receiving yards (2747). This preseason for the Bengals, he played in two games and totaled seven receptions for 73 yards and a TD.

Game Preview: Cardinals at Bengals
The Bengals’ Week 4 defeat came at the hands of the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football. Cincinnati gained an early 3-0 advantage after one quarter, but failed to score again the rest of the night. And after starting slow, Pittsburgh scored 27 unanswered points in the final three quarters and cruised to a 27-3 victory.

Taylor-Made Takes: It's A New Opportunity This Week
We were there for about three months and became good friends. He was third string and I was fourth string. Neither of us played. We fought over scout team reps. We didn’t really fight over them. We wanted the other guy to get them. We were both at the end of our careers and ready to move into coaching roles. We were on a really good team that went to the Grey Cup. Our starting quarterback was the league MVP that year (Kevin Glenn) and was really good. Kliff and I were fighting over scraps.

Cincinnati Bengals put WR John Ross on IR with shoulder injury
During his weekly news conference, Bengals coach Zac Taylor said since Ross was likely going to miss six to eight weeks, the best option was to put Ross on the injured reserve with hopes of a potential return in December.

Cincinnati Bengals Offensive Line: Bad drafts, luck to blame for woes
You have to go back to NFL Draft Day in 2015 to find the start of the demise. The Bengals were coming off a 10-5-1 season and a fourth straight playoff appearance. The offensive line, anchored by left tackle Andrew Whitworth, was a strength.

Cincinnati Bengals: 2019 NFL season bringing back Lost Decade memories
Rational heads will scoff at the comparison. Andy Dalton is not Akili Smith or David Klingler. Atkins and Dunlap are more accomplished than any D-linemen the Men had between 1991 and 2002. But there are similarities. Shula-Taylor. Good wideouts (Pickens-Scott = Green-Boyd.) Aging Tim Krumrie. Aging Geno Atkins. Offensive line that has the QB running like he’s being chased by Godzilla. Acres of empty seats.

Around the league

Bill Bidwill's unassuming life revolved around beloved Cardinals
Bill Bidwill's life with the Cardinals began during his childhood, when he served as a ball boy, back when the team was located on the South Side of Chicago. His father, Charles, a successful lawyer and prominent figure in sports circles there, had bought the team in 1932 for $50,000, and although Charles, who is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, is considered one of the founders of the NFL, there was precious little success through the years. Eight months after Charles' death in 1947, with his wife having taken control of the team, the Cardinals won the NFL championship -- and not much more after that.

Khan: Keeping Jalen Ramsey 'best thing' for Jaguars
"Obviously, football is a team sport and I'm sensitive to what individual insight or viewpoint or requests (there) might be," Khan said. "But we have to do the right thing for the team. We value the values Jalen adds to us, to the Jaguars. I think we value him highly. We're still looking at what is the right thing for the Jaguars, and I think right now the best thing is to have him be part of the team."

Roquan Smith expects to play; Trubisky likely out
Bears coach Matt Nagy announced Wednesday that Smith, Chicago's standout linebacker who missed Week 4's win against the Vikings for unspecified personal reasons, would be a full-go in practice. Trubisky, who suffered a dislocated left shoulder last Sunday, is unlikely to compete in Week 5.

What to watch for in Rams-Seahawks on 'TNF'
Russell Wilson is playing as well, if not better, than he ever has to lead the Seahawks (3-1) against the Rams (3-1), who are on the heels of their first loss -- a high-scoring 55-40 bout with the Buccaneers that has some in Southern California wondering if it's time to panic.

Jon Gruden not happy 'at all' with Burfict suspension
"I'm not really gonna say anything," Gruden said during Wednesday's press conference. "I've talked to [NFL vice president of football operations Jon] Runyon and the league office, he knows how I feel. It hurts our team really bad. I'm anxious to see what the appeal says. I'm not happy about it -- at all. I don't want to say anything else, I'm obviously upset about it."