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Joe Burrow treats himself to a new chain ahead of his rookie season.

Cincinnati Bengals Training Camp Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Quick Hits: A.J. Green and John Ross set to return to practice
Head coach Zac Taylor observed in Tuesday's Zoom call with the media that the one thing that has caught his eye since practice opened two weeks ago is the competitiveness of his team and how incumbents and newcomers alike have raised the bar of expectations beyond what took place at Paul Brown Stadium last year.

Cincinnati Bengals to play the 2020 regular season home opener without fans
"For several months, the Bengals have worked diligently with the NFL, with local governments and with experts in the health community to develop a plan to responsibly host fans during the 2020 NFL season at Paul Brown Stadium," said Bengals Executive Vice President Katie Blackburn. "The Bengals filed a request for exemption seeking to have fans at games. The variance we requested has not been granted by the state at this time. While we want fans to attend our games, we accept and understand the State of Ohio's position. We will monitor the situation moving forward and continue exploring whether fans may attend games as the season goes along.

Cincinnati Bengals signed C Frederick Mauigoa and DT Kahlil McKenzie, waived WR Damion Willis and G Clay Cordasco.
McKenzie (6-3, 320), a second-year player out of the University of Tennessee, originally was a sixth-round draft pick (198th overall) of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2018. He spent his rookie season with the Chiefs, but did not see game action, and then spent the entire 2019 season on Seattle's practice squad. He was waived by the Seahawks on July 26. McKenzie, who was a DT in college, had been listed at G at previous NFL stops, however the Bengals are listing him at DT.

Fans can tune into two classic Bengals games in preparation for kickoff of the 2020 NFL season.
Fans can tune into two classic Bengals games in preparation for kickoff of the 2020 NFL season. The memorable victories will be broadcast on the Bengals Television Network in Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus.

Burrow's big purchase -- Bengals rookie gets No. 9 necklace valued at more than $25K
According to Frost, the chain is an 18-carat white gold diamond Cuban link with an 18-carat white gold No. 9 pendant, which is Burrow's jersey number. The Houston jeweler declined to say the exact cost but estimated that the piece is worth $25,000 to $30,000.

With father reported missing in Florida, cornerback Mackensie Alexander leaves Bengals' training camp, source says
Alexandre, 65, traveled roughly 85 miles northeast to Okeechobee to pick palmetto berries in a nearby prairie with another man, according to the release issued by the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office. The man left Alexandre behind, according to officials. Alexandre was reported missing late Monday night.

Bengals' Mackensie Alexander leaves training camp after father mysteriously disappears on a trip, per report
Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Mackensie Alexander has left the team's training camp after learning of his father's mysterious disappearance while on a berry-picking trip. Per NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, Mackensie's father Jean Odney Alexandre, 65, came to northwest Okeechobee County in Florida with another man Monday to pick palmetto berries somewhere on the prairie, and the other man left him behind and has since left the county. The Okeechobee County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office is currently undergoing a search for Mackensie's father.

Training Camp Buzz: Joe Burrow 'breathes life' into Bengals
The 2020 regular season is just around the corner, and NFL Network has you covered with wall-to-wall training camp coverage each day starting at 10 a.m. ET. Follow along here for some of the best sights, sounds and moments from "Inside Training Camp Live" and around the NFL.

Joe Burrow continues to turn heads at Bengals camp: 'He's an absolute beast'
"He's a beast. He's an absolute beast. He's an animal out there," said Bengals tight end C.J. Uzomah. "He's making all the right reads. He's getting us in and out of all the right protections and making all the right checks and certain checks I didn't even know we were allowed to check into."

Bengals announce no fans allowed for Sept. 13 opener
“Paul Brown Stadium will not be the same without our fans, but we hope everyone shares our excitement for the 2020 football season. The Bengals went through a busy offseason in free agency and the draft, and the roster promises to be fresh, talented and exciting. We value the support of our fans and will do our best to keep everyone up to date and connected with the team through our coverage on and across our social media accounts. We look forward to welcoming fans at Paul Brown Stadium when permitted by the State of Ohio.”

Bengals’ Fred Johnson got 1st-team reps, isn’t out of competition yet
Going into this year’s Cincinnati Bengals training camp, one of the common ideas among the fanbase was that recent arrival Fred Johnson could push Bobby Hart at right tackle.

Former Rams WR Mike Thomas drawing rave reviews with Bengals
In the final year under Jeff Fisher, the Los Angeles Rams focused heavily on offense in the draft, selecting Jared Goff plus two tight ends and two wide receivers. Four years later, those two receivers combined to only catch 35 passes with the Rams, but both are still competing for jobs in crowded rooms for other teams right now.

Bengals CB Alexander leaves team to search for father
Cornerback Mackensie Alexander departed training camp Tuesday as the Okeechobee County (Florida) Sheriff's Office searches for his father, Jean Odney Alexandre, who disappeared Monday while on a berry-picking trip, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported.

Around the league

Lions cancel practice in response to Jacob Blake shooting
In a widely seen cellphone video made by an onlooker, Blake was shot as he leaned into his SUV while his three children sat in the vehicle. Police said they were responding to a call about a domestic dispute. They did not say whether Blake, who was hospitalized in serious condition, was armed or why police opened fire, they released no details on the domestic dispute, and they did not immediately disclose the race of the three officers at the scene.

No red jersey for Jones? Judge wants to 'pop' QB's pads
Physical and confounding to many, Joe Judge's training camp practices have drawn puzzlement and denouncement. That's unlikely to change after Tuesday, when the rookie head coach let it be known he's contemplating having fresh-faced franchise quarterback Daniel Jones practice without the usual red jersey in the hopes that a few hits better get the QB ready for the rigors of the season.

Jadeveon Clowney to Raiders? Yannick Ngakoue to Jets? Nine moves NFL teams should make RIGHT NOW
It's the most unique August in NFL history, with teams ramping up for a season in the middle of a global pandemic. COVID-19 has turned the world -- much less the football world -- upside down. Understandably, everyone's just grasping for any available strands of normalcy. That's where sports come into play. That's where sports takes come into play. And on that front, I'm here to help!