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  • NFL sends memo reminding clubs of game day protocols; team under investigation "Ahead of Sunday's slate of NFL games, the league issued a memo Friday reminding clubs about game day protocols. The memo, obtained by NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, included another emphasis on face covering requirements and the NFL's intention to continue to impose..." September 25

  • Contender or fool's gold? Separating NFL's best 2-0 teams from the rest

    USA Today "A total of 11 NFL teams have jumped out to 2-0 starts, tying the league record for the most in a single year. While it’s still early, a hot start normally bodes well for postseason implications. Since 1990, of the 244 teams that have opened the year with 2-0 records, 151 of..." September 25

  • Top Free Agents Who Can Help Desperate NFL Teams

    Bleacher Report "As expected, NFL free agency isn't slowing down as the calendar turns to Week 3.  With injuries piling up and expanded practice squads a part of this year's proceedings, notable names such as Blake Bortles, Ezekiel Ansah and Devonta Freeman have..." September 25

  • A.J. Green still knocking off the rust

    Pro Football Talk "Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow is looking for more explosive plays through the air in the weeks to come and one way to generate them might be for wide receiver A.J. Green to get rolling. Green didn’t play at all last season after hurting his ankle in the..." September 24

  • Joe Burrow working on bigger plays through the air

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Joe Burrow’s passed the football an NFL-high 97 times through two weeks. Is that a recipe for success? Probably not. But the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback is determined to do whatever it takes to get into the victory column. “Whatever it takes to win. I’ll throw the..." September 24

  • Cam Newton, Dak Prescott among 15 players in contract year to keep an eye on

    CBS Sports "A flurry of signings took place as the start of the regular season was approaching. Multiple players who would have been highly sought after in free agency or franchise tag candidates were taken off the market. Some of the more notable signings of players heading into a contract year..." September 24

  • NFL Season Off To Highest-Scoring Start Ever

    Pro Football Talk "More points and more touchdowns have been scored in the first two weeks of this season than in any opening two weeks in NFL history. So far this season, NFL teams have scored a combined 1,611 points. That breaks the previous record of 1,556 points scored in the first two weeks of the..." September 23

  • NFL players express disappointment in Breonna Taylor grand jury decision "A number of NFL players expressed disappointment and frustration regarding Wednesday's news that a Kentucky grand jury brought no charges against Louisville police for their role in the death of Breonna Taylor. The one indictment brought by the grand jury was three..." September 23

  • 2021 Draft QB Class Has NFL Teams Thinking About Losing in the 2020 Season

    Bleacher Report "Some teams acquire their franchise quarterbacks through luck, and solid draft scouting—such as the New England Patriots with Tom Brady or the Seattle Seahawks with Russell Wilson. Other teams make moves in free agency (Drew Brees). Rarely are starting-level quarterbacks acquired via..." September 22

  • NFL announces no players tested positive for COVID-19 from Sept. 13-19

    Sportsnet "The NFL and NFL Players Association announced Tuesday that no players were positive for COVID-19 during the testing period from Sept. 13-19. " September 22

  • NFL hoping for full stadium at Super Bowl, but prepared for no fans

    Yahoo! Sports "Most NFL stadiums have been empty this season, and those with fans at all are operating at significantly reduced capacities. The NFL isn’t sure whether that will still be the case on Super Bowl Sunday. NFL event planners toured Raymond James Stadium this morning as part of the..." September 22

  • Roger Goodell on fining coaches for mask violations: 'You can't let up'

    USA Today "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has no qualms about harshly penalizing coaches who violate the NFL’s protocols mandating that they wear facemasks while roaming the sidelines. The NFL on Monday fined three coaches – San Francisco’s Kyle Shanahan,..." September 22

  • Should NFL abandon the mask rule for coaches?

    Pro Football Talk "When the NFL developed its policy that coaches must cover their mouths and noses on the sidelines, the NFL planned eventually  to conduct COVID-19 testing on players and coaches three times per week. Now that the NFL is conducting, and likely will continue to conduct, COVID-19 testing on a..." September 22

  • How rash of injuries could impact NFL trade deadline

    Sportsnaut "The biggest story to come out of Sunday’s Week 2 NFL action was myriad injuries suffered by multiple teams around the league. We’re talking game changers for contending teams and season-ending injuries to some of the game’s biggest stars.  All of this..." September 21

  • NFL may discipline coaches for not wearing face coverings

    Yardbarker "After a Week 1 warning, the NFL may be about to get serious when it comes to coaches who did not properly wear face coverings on the sideline. According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the NFL is reviewing footage from Week 2 games and may fine several coaches for not following the..." September 21

  • How much trouble are 0-2 NFL teams really in given expanded playoff setup?

    USA Today "There are 11 teams with 0-2 records following the NFL's second week of action.   The Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets, Houston Texans, Denver Broncos, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons and Carolina..." September 21

  • NFL sends final warning to teams regarding COVID-19 sideline protocols

    CBS Sports "The NFL is very serious about enforcing all COVID-related measures on game days this season, as a strongly-worded memo to teams indicated last week. Troy Vincent, the NFL's vice president of football operations, told me that fines and other punishment will be forthcoming for those who do..." September 20

  • NFL received great coronavirus news following Week 1

    Larry Brown Sports "The NFL had extremely low rates of positive COVID-19 tests throughout the offseason, but many were concerned about how travel would impact that once games began. Through one week, the travel appears to have had no impact at all. Zero players or coaches tested positive for the..." September 20

  • Bengals' Auden Tate could seek trade amid limited role in Cincinnati offense to start 2020

    CBS Sports "When the Cincinnati Bengals took the field against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night, they did so without one of their top pass targets of the 2019 season. Wide receiver Auden Tate, who started 10 games a year ago and was reportedly the club's "offensive..." September 19

  • 4 winners and 6 losers from Bengals’ 35-30 defeat to Browns

    Cincy Jungle "For the third time in four years, the Bengals played on Thursday Night Football in Week 2 of the regular season, and their 35-30 defeat to the Cleveland Browns makes them 1-2 in those games. Another loss in primetime stinks, but for once, it’s nice to know..." September 19

  • C.J. Uzomah having MRI to determine extent of Achilles injury

    Pro Football Talk "Bengals tight end C.J. Uzomah‘s season may have come to an end on Thursday night. Uzomah was carted to the locker room in the second half of the 35-30 loss to the Browns and the team announced that he would not return with an Achilles injury. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media..." September 18

  • Lakers' LeBron James praises 'special' Bengals QB Joe Burrow

    USA Today "Week 2 of the NFL season began with an all-Ohio matchup on Thursday Night Football, resulting in a 35-30 Cleveland Browns victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.  Ohio native and Browns fan LeBron James, whose Los Angeles Lakers open the Western Conference Finals..." September 18

  • Joe Burrow isn’t shying away from taking hits (even if he should) "In his first NFL prime-time game and second start, Bengals rookie quarterback Joe Burrow won over everybody but the scoreboard in the 35-30 loss to the Browns in Cleveland. It was a record-setting performance, but not the kind he was looking for when he became the first Bengals..." September 18

  • A.J. Green had only three catches on 13 targets vs. Browns

    Pro Football Talk "The Patriots like to move on from a player a year too early instead of doing so a year too late. The Bengals, at this point, seem destined to be moving on from receiver A.J. Green a year too late. Green, franchise tagged in 2020 with total compensation in excess of $18 million, has..." September 18

  • What's next for the NFL after getting through Week 1? Fans at games, other looming concerns

    ESPN "There really can be no debate: The NFL has aced its initial efforts to practice and play amid the coronavirus pandemic. Since training camp practices began in mid-August, only seven players have produced positive test results. There have been no team outbreaks, and the only scare was..." September 18

  • A new mark for Black quarterback matchups in the NFL

    The Undefeated "Sometime on Sunday afternoon in Long Beach, California, trailblazer Marlin Briscoe plans to settle into his sofa, put up his feet and grab a remote control. He’ll have a lot of football to watch. The first Black quarterback in the old American Football League, which..." September 18

  • Andrew Sendejo won’t be suspended for hit on Tyler Boyd

    247 Sports "During last night’s Thursday Night Football game between the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals, Browns safety Andrew Sendejo was penalized for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Sendejo..." September 18

  • Joe Burrow Is Going to Be Historic, One Way or Another

    The Big Lead "Joe Burrow looks like he could be good. That's a positive sign for the Cincinnati Bengals and their No. 1 draft pick. Burrow threw for 316 yards and the first three touchdown passes of his NFL career on Thursday night in a reasonably close game against the Cleveland Browns...." September 18

  • Baker Mayfield: “Hype is real” for Joe Burrow

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Cincinnati Bengals rookie quarterback Joe Burrow's NFL prime-time debut was a memorable one in a losing effort, as he established a new record for completions in a game by a first-year QB with 37 and became the first rookie since 1950 with at least 60 pass attempts in a game without an..." September 18

  • Bengals’ C.J. Uzomah Done For Year

    Cincy Jungle "The Cincinnati Bengals are off to an 0-2 start after their 35-30 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night, and they have more bad news piling up. C.J. Uzomah was putting together a breakout game for the Bengals with four receptions for 42-yards and a TD..." September 18

  • Joe Burrow: “Losing isn’t very fun”

    247 Sports "The Cincinnati Bengals lost 35-30 to the Cleveland Browns on Thursday Night Football, but rookie quarterback Joe Burrow was a bright spot with a historic performance. The 2020 NFL Draft's No. 1 overall pick from LSU set an NFL single-game rookie record with 37..." September 18

  • 2020 NFL Cap Space, By Team

    Pro Football Rumors "Cap management has been extra complicated in the NFL this year. After ~70 NFL players opted out of the 2020 season, teams were left with holes and plenty of available dollars to fill the gaps. At first, the ongoing uncertainty over next year’s salary cap had teams nervous about..." September 18

  • Joe Burrow’s 37 completions were most by a rookie in NFL history

    SI "Joe Burrow balled out in his first primetime game on Thursday night. The Bengals lost to the Browns 35-30, but the rookie played well. He finished 37-of-61 for 316 yards and three touchdowns. Burrow’s 37 completions is the most in a game by a rookie in NFL history and..." September 18

  • Bengals promote a pair for Thursday night’s game

    Pro Football Talk "The Bengals announced a pair of roster moves on Thursday that address a couple of areas left short by injuries. Defensive tackle Freedom Akinmoladun and safety Trayvon Henderson were summoned from the practice squad. Both players will revert to that squad after the..." September 17

  • Truth is, NFL thriving while players take action on social injustice

    USA Today "Let’s save ourselves some headaches for the next two months and dispense with the nonsense. The NFL is not dying. Throngs of fans are not turning off their televisions – or phones or tablets or however else they’re watching – in disgust over the player protests..." September 17

  • Browns’ Odell Beckham Jr. breaks out ‘VOTE’ shirt pre-game before Bengals matchup

    Clutch Points "Odell Beckham Jr. and the Cleveland Browns are looking to secure their first win of the 2020 season on Thursday night versus the Cincinnati Bengals. While both teams prepare for Week 2, Beckham was seen wearing a “VOTE” shirt during pre-game on..." September 17

  • The Best NFL Free Agent Still on the Market at Every Position

    Bleacher Report "NFL free agency remains a viable avenue for teams in need of a quick fix. While the market doesn't have a headline name like Jadeveon Clowney anymore, the fact that he's already putting on a show with the Tennessee Titans is a good indication of just how quickly the..." September 17

  • NFL Contract Guarantees, Explained

    Pro Football Rumors "Unlike in the NBA or MLB, players’ contracts in the NFL aren’t guaranteed by default. Typically, an NFL player will receive at least some guaranteed money when he signs a deal, but that money often comes in the form of contract bonuses, and in particular signing bonuses. While..." September 17

  • Seven positives in latest round of NFL-NFLPA COVID-19 testing "In the latest weekly update on NFL-NFL Players Association testing results, there were seven confirmed positives, including two players, out of 40,479 tests from Sept. 6 through Saturday. It's one fewer positive test than the previous week's results. " September 17

  • Kickers struggle in empty outdoor stadiums "NFL kickers had a brutal Week One. Empty stadiums may be to blame. Kickers missed more field goal attempts in Week One of 2020 than they’ve missed in any opening week since 1982, when field goal kickers were far less accurate than they’ve become in recent..." September 17

  • Bengals QB Joe Burrow on prime-time debut: 'I think the best quarterbacks treat every game the same' "All eyes will be on Joe Burrow as the No. 1 overall pick makes his prime-time debut on Thursday Night Football versus the Cleveland Browns. The Cincinnati Bengals quarterback could be amped up for his first professional game under the lights. But the Heisman Trophy-winning,..." September 17

  • How Cincinnati Bengals coach Zac Taylor learned to run an NFL offense

    USA Today "After the 2003 college football season, Zac Taylor considered transferring to two schools: Coffeyville Community College and Butler County Community College.  Taylor hadn’t found his place in the Wake Forest University offense during his freshman year as a college..." September 17

  • No starting quarterbacks injured or benched in Week One for first time since 2011

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL got a piece of good news to start the 2020 season: All 32 starting quarterbacks made it out of Week One unscathed. No quarterbacks suffered serious injuries in Week One, and no quarterbacks were benched, either. That means 2020 is poised to be the first season since 2011 when..." September 17

  • Bengals Place G Xavier Su’a-Filo On IR

    Pro Football Rumors "The Bengals have placed starting right guard Xavier Su’a-Filo on IR, the team announced. The 29-year-old suffered an ankle injury during Sunday’s loss to the Chargers. As you probably know by now, Su’a-Filo will only be required to miss three weeks before..." September 16

  • Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson head preliminary list for Hall-of-Fame's Class of 2021

    SI "Quarterback Peyton Manning and defensive back Charles Woodson are among 130 preliminary candidates named Wednesday by the Pro Football Hall of Fame for its modern-era Class of 2021.  Of course, Manning and Woodson are more than nominees for election. Both are expected to be..." September 16

  • The 5 most-likely Odell Beckham Jr. trade scenarios

    Sportsnaut "Dreadful. Pathetic. Whatever term we want to use for the Cleveland Browns’ season-opening performance, they were just not on the same level as the Baltimore Ravens. Cleveland dropped the opener by the score of 38-6. Baker Mayfield was a disaster under center. Star wide..." September 16

  • Joe Mixon vows to make up for rare fumble "Ever since the Browns came back into the NFL in 1999, the Bengals have owned the trenches. Whether it's been on the riverfront or lakefront, the Bengals have always run the ball against the Browns and Cincinnati has a worthy successor in the tradition when running back Joe Mixon rides into..." September 16

  • Xavier Su'a-Filo to miss a couple weeks, Randy Bullock 'cramped up'

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Zac Taylor and the Cincinnati Bengals anticipate starting right guard Xavier Su'a-Filo to be out a few weeks. During his Monday press conference, Taylor ruled Su'a-Filo out for Thursday night’s game versus the Cleveland Browns. The right guard injured his ankle during..." September 15

  • Bengals sticking with Randy Bullock, despite adding a kicker

    Pro Football Talk "The Bengals claimed a kicker off waivers today, but they’re not making a change at kicker. Via Ben Baby of, Bengals coach Zac Taylor said they’re sticking with Randy Bullock. " September 15

  • NFL’s social justice messaging sparks anger in every direction

    Yahoo! Sports "The NFL spent its first 100 years trying to be all things to all people. It might spend the next 100 deciding which of its fans it can least afford to enrage.  Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season is in the books, and with it the league’s first attempt at a more progressive stance..." September 15