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Bengals News (8/30): Stepping up

The Bengals took some time out Saturday to send a very clear message on the social issues facing the country.

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The Bengals will hold an intrasquad scrimmage from Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday, August 30
But the pandemic that ate the preseason has turned that into an off Broadway production in Sunday's 6:10 p.m. scrimmage in empty but lit Paul Brown Stadium. And that's the way it's going to be against the Chargers in a 4:05 p.m. game that's going to need lights at some point.

Bengals ownership. coaches and players unite in the battle to end injustice and racism.
So on Saturday, in front of Cincinnati's national monument for the battle against injustice and racism and flanked by running back Giovani Bernard and tight end C.J. Uzomah, Brown stood with them and behind them as Trey Hopkins and Joe Burrow read the team's mission statement.

Statement From The Cincinnati Bengals
"As this country continues to see instances of racial discrimination and injustices, it is time for us to act. Together, as a unified front, we must identify, address and ultimately end those practices and policies that would deny liberty and justice to all, regardless of race, religion, or creed. It is time for us all to take a stand!

Bengals deliver anti-racism statement -- 'Must be catalysts for change'
"It is each of our responsibility to effect change in our communities, not only for us but for those yet to come," Burrow said in a video released by the team. "We cannot turn a blind eye to the racism still experienced in this country.

Bengals: Three things to watch out for in Sunday's scrimmage
Historically, the third contest of the preseason has been dubbed the most important in the NFL, as it’s used as a dress rehearsal for the starters. Assuming the coaching staff is going into the practice with that mindset, it will provide many important details to the orange and black faithful.

Joe Mixon’s cryptic tweets leave Bengals fans guessing while he’s out
“No. Joe has been an honest guy with us and we’ve always had great communication with Joe,” Taylor said, according to Geoff Hobson of

NFL training camp 2020 - Chiefs raise banner, Bengals march, Packers bike
The dialogue on social justice continued for many teams, including the Bengals, who marched to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center to deliver a statement against racism.

Bengals news: Hakeem Adeniji is 'going to be a starter at some point'
As the orange and black faithful are well aware, almost all the news coming out of the Cincinnati Bengals’ training camp revolves around Joe Burrow, not the offensive line. If there is talk about the trenches, it deals with Jonah Williams, the 2019 first-round pick set to anchor the unit and protect the blindside. However, this year’s sixth-round pick, Hakeem Adeniji, is quietly making waves as he begins his tenure in stripes.

Around the league

Vikings acquire Yannick Ngakoue in trade with Jaguars
Ngakoue's dissatisfaction in Jacksonville has been widely publicized since being the only player not to sign his franchise tag tender this offseason. With the deadline to reach a long-term deal having passed -- which is what Ngakoue has been after amid a holdout -- the Vikings will now finalize a restructured one-year tender to complete the trade, sources tell Pelissero.

Packers CEO Mark Murphy challenges NFL owners regarding social justice: 'It’s time to make changes'
The Green Bay exec released a video on the team's website outlining several initiatives the club is taking while urging others in his position to follow suit, marking the first time an individual at an ownership level has placed such a spotlight on his peers regarding the Black community.

New All-Pros for 2020 NFL season: Bosa brothers will shine
Who might get to experience that thrill after the 2020 season? With my playing career in the rear view, I decided to scan the league and select a crop of five promising players with the potential to unseat picks on the 2019 All-Pro first team. Let's jump right in.

Seahawks HC Pete Carroll passionately sounds off on social issues in America, implores coaches to do more
Nearly every corner of the world has been impacted in some way by the events of this year, whether it's been the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, social injustice or political issues. Many professional leagues and their prominent figures have made it a point to push to the forefront the need to end the pitfalls that have plagued our society for far too long.