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Bengals News (11/26): Being thankful

The Bengals give back in the spirit of the holiday.

NFL: DEC 02 Broncos at Bengals Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Bengals highlight the Salute to Service campaign, a year-round effort to Honor, Empower, and Connect our nation’s service members, veterans, and their families.
This year, teaming up with Campbell's Chunky Soup and AFTA Cincinnati, we wanted to gift fifty military families in the Cincinnati area with all of the essentials for a Thanksgiving dinner. Forty-eight of those families received $100 Kroger gift cards, while two families were surprised by Who Dey, who completed all of their holiday shopping and delivered their groceries! In addition to their Thanksgiving delivery, the two families received a Campbell's Slow Cooker and recipes to incorporate all of the Campbell's cooking staples in their Thanksgiving dinners.

Bengals Notebook: Gio's Road Map For Burrow
When they kept him out of the early days of training camp in 2017, eight months after he tore his ACL on Nov. 20, the timeline was he'd be back for the third game of the season. When a reporter asked him about that (back in the days of open media locker rooms), the affable Bernard suddenly glared back, offended the man assumed he wouldn't be back for Opening Day.

Bengals yet to name a starting quarterback against the New York Giants
For the first time in recent memory the Bengals didn't name a starting quarterback the Wednesday before a game when head coach Zac Taylor wouldn't confirm reports that he has turned to Brandon Allen for Sunday's game (1 p.m.-Cincinnati's Fox 19) at Paul Brown Stadium against the Giants.

Taylor Made Takes: Senior Writer Geoff Hobson speaks with Zac Taylor ahead of Week 12
That falls on our leadership and our captains. Even guys that aren't captains. Talking (Sunday) night with guys like Tyler Boyd and Jessie Bates. Other young guys we've come to lean on because of their play on the field that has earned the respect of their teammates and coaches. We've got the right people to get us headed in the right direction.

Fantasy Football Buy Low: Week 12 - Run Away From the Bengals Backfield
Time to examine the Fantasy Football market for Week 12. The fantasy regular season will be ending soon. There are only a few value plays remaining on the board. Fantasy managers need to pay attention to their leagues to see where the value can be found.

Carlos Dunlap, Pete Carroll swipe at Bengals as Seahawks roll
“He’s having the time of his life. He is having a blast. He’s been upbeat and spirited and having fun with it and more than willing to do whatever, the work and getting out to practice and getting reps. I mean, all of it. He’s practicing really well. Got a really pleasant personality that’s fun. He’s having a good time so if you haven’t, if you guys haven’t been around him you know, when you get around him, you’ll see. He brings a good spirit to it and his attitude is excellent because he’s having so much fun. It’s different than what he’s been around.”

Giovani Bernard on the Cincinnati Bengals' Culture, Joe Burrow's Injury and Zac Taylor
Veteran running back Giovani Bernard discussed the Bengals' culture, Joe Burrow's injury, Zac Taylor and so much more. Watch his entire news conference at the top of this page.

Joe Burrow injury: Why silver lining of Bengals' dark cloud is perfect for 2021 NFL Draft
While literally painful to Joe Burrow and figuratively painful to the Bengals organization, the rookie quarterback and former No. 1 overall pick tearing multiple knee ligaments in Week 11 significantly benefits the long-term future of both currently damaged parties.

Around the league

Six things to watch for during NFL Thanksgiving doubleheader
This is a puzzling and troubled pride in Detroit, having hung around long enough this season to offer hope to its fanbase but fallen to the occasion too many times to provide legitimate hope for what's ahead. One constant has been Stafford. There have been few quarterbacks as consistently good on bad teams as Stafford, but that was certainly not the case in the Lions' 20-0 shutout loss to the Panthers. Stafford's line was riddled with season-lows of 178 passing yards, a 54.5 completion rate, 5.4 yards per attempt and a 70.0 QB rating as he was sacked five times – a season-high for Carolina. The hot seat is getting hotter for coach Matt Patricia, playoff aspirations are all but gone and the areas in which improvement are needed are numerous.

Washington Football Team wants QB Alex Smith back for 2021
Coach Ron Rivera and his staff want Smith back for the 2021 season, sources say. A nod to not only his leadership in the quarterback room, but also simply how he's played. Smith has not said publicly or privately whether he wants to play in 2021, but he is under contract through 2022.

Ravens discipline strength and conditioning coach for conduct related to recent COVID-19 cases
The Baltimore Ravens announced Wednesday afternoon that the club has disciplined a staff member for the conduct related to the recent COVID-19 cases that affected players and staff within the franchise and resulted in the postponement of their Thanksgiving game against the Steelers.

Falcons, Browns working virtually Thursday following positive COVID-19 tests
The Browns announced that a player tested positive for the novel coronavirus, which prompted the team's facility to shut down. Meetings will take place virtually while contact tracing is conducted to identify anyone who could be considered a high-risk close contact.