Bengals Rumors & News

  • Looking Ahead To 2017 Franchise Tags

    Pro Football Rumors "The NFL’s salary cap for 2017 won’t officially be set until sometime after the Super Bowl, but based on the direction the cap has trended in recent years, we have a general idea of where it may end up. Predicting an increase of about 8.2% on this year’s $155.27MM cap, Joel Corry of CBSSports.com..." December 07

  • Coaches irked by late-season Thursday night division games?

    Larry Brown Sports "The Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders will square off this week in one of the most important games of the regular season, and some coaches across the NFL are reportedly unhappy that it is taking place on a Thursday night. Jason Cole of Bleacher Report spoke to some coaches who feel it is..." December 06

  • NFL players detail their painful, gritty post-game recovery routines

    SI "It’s 9:35 on a Monday morning in mid-November, 10 weeks into another NFL season and 20 hours after Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson played 67 snaps against the Texans. Sunday was all booming fighter-jet flyovers and screaming Jacksonville fans and defenders inflicting pain. Monday starts in a dimly..." December 05

  • Bengals snap skid on Dalton's arm, Nugent's foot

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Bengals played their second game without receiver A.J. Green on Sunday, and quarterback Andy Dalton and the offense was as crisp as it has been since the five-time Pro-Bowler went down. Dalton passed for 332 yards and two touchdowns and Mike Nugent kicked four..." December 04

  • Trump takes credit for NFL ratings slide, again

    Pro Football Talk "Thirty years after Donald Trump took on the NFL and lost, he has taken on the NFL and won. According to him. Via SportsBusiness Daily, the President-Elect declared during his first public rally since the election that the NFL’s ratings dropped because of the election. “[T]heir ratings were..." December 02

  • A.J. Green says he has Grade II hamstring tear, plans to return in 2016 if cleared

    ESPN "Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green said that he has a Grade II hamstring tear that occurred two weeks ago against the Buffalo Bills. However, he feels optimistic that the injury is not as bad as it initially seemed. "Grade II tear -- it was 50 percent torn," Green said Friday in his..." December 02

  • NFL expected to hire 17 full-time officials, league exec says

    Sporting News "Help appears to be on the way for NFL officiating. Amid a season of questionable calls, NFL executive Troy Vincent told The Associated Press on Thursday that the league is expected to hire as many as 17 full-time officials. The new batch of hires will increase game-day officiating crews from..." December 01

  • Adam Schefter signs five-year extension with ESPN

    CBS Sports "ESPN Insider Adam Schefter missed on breaking possibly the biggest news of the night Wednesday. Then again, when you are the news, there might be a different protocol. Filed to SI.com by media critic Richard Deitsch Wednesday evening, the four-letter network out of Bristol, CT has extended the..." December 01

  • Marvin Lewis reaches out to Hue Jackson to offer support

    ESPN "Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said he offered some encouragement to Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson after Cleveland dropped its 12th game of the season. Jackson, the Bengals former offensive coordinator, was emotional after Cleveland lost to the New York Giants 27-13. "Being 0-12..." December 01

  • Report: NFL will ditch early-morning London games

    Pro Football Talk "When it comes to making the NFL’s product more attractive by making it more scarce, the NFL claims it won’t consider ditching or limiting Thursday Night Football. However, it reportedly will be ditching another fairly recent broadcasting practice. Via Joe Flint of the Wall Street Journal, the..." November 29

  • Marvin Lewis: Playoff hopes aren’t dead yet

    Cincinnati Enquirer "For the duration of this season spiral, the Bengals could consistently hang their hat on the bad AFC North keeping them within reach of the playoffs. Following Sunday’s 19-14 defeat at Baltimore, the reality of even that carrot was pulled further away. It forced Marvin Lewis to accept the..." November 28

  • Another cornerback gets into it with Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr.

    Baltimore Sun "Another week, another cornerback who fires a shot at Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. A week after Dallas Cowboys rookie Anthony Brown said he no longer had respect for Smith, the Cincinnati Bengals’ Dre Kirkpatrick took Smith to task after he recorded four receptions for 20 yards in the..." November 28

  • Vontaze Burfict's ridiculous flop fools ref into penalizing Steve Smith

    CBS Sports "Hey, give Vontaze Burfict credit. The man who has been fined more than $805,000 in his five-year NFL career decided it's more advantageous to his teammates -- and his wallet -- to be on the other end of a penalty flag, even if it means flopping around the field like a fish out of water. Which..." November 27

  • Another missed extra point for Mike Nugent

    Pro Football Talk "Bengals coach Marvin Lewis may be fielding questions about sticking with kicker Mike Nugent again this week. Lewis didn’t make a change after Nugent missed a pair of extra points in last week’s loss to the Bills and he’s missed another one in Baltimore this Sunday. Nugent missed wide right..." November 27

  • Dumervil's strip allows Ravens to end skid versus Bengals

    The Sports Xchange "BALTIMORE -- Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh knew linebacker Elvis Dumervil was going to make a huge impact at some point this season. That moment came at the most crucial time to keep Baltimore's playoff hopes alive. Dumervil forced a fumble by Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy..." November 27

  • Lewis, Bradley, Fox among the coaches on 'hot seat'

    NFL.com "We're almost a month away from the end of the 2016 regular season, which for some coaches means an unfortunate end to their current employment situation. Who should be especially worried? According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport on GameDay First, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, Jaguars..." November 27

  • Bengals add a long snapper, activate Peerman

    Pro Football Talk "The Bengals made a series of roster moves Saturday, activating running back Cedric Peerman and signing long snapper Tyler Ott. Peerman is also a key special teams player who went to the Pro Bowl last season for his special teams work. Ott is a first-year player who signed because regular long..." November 26

  • The Bengals have taken a major step back at the worst possible time

    The Comeback "The Bengals have only played ten games, but Cincinnati is in full-out panic mode. Cincinnati has made the playoffs each of the last five seasons (the entirety of quarterback Andy Dalton’s professional career.) But they’re now 3-6-1. They are on the verge of playoff elimination, and Sunday’s..." November 26

  • Baldwin, Burfict fined $12K for middle finger gestures

    ESPN "Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict and Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin were each fined $12,154 for unsportsmanlike conduct after the players raised middle fingers in separate games Sunday, sources told ESPN. Burfict stuck both of his middle fingers up toward the stands..." November 25

  • Steve Smith and Adam Jones are old enough to have mutual respect

    Cincinnati Enquirer "If you pulled something rolling your eyes every time your uncle ranted about millennials on Thanksgiving, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith is here to make things better. He’s got a thought or two on millennials as well, but they’re way more entertaining than your uncle’s. Twice this..." November 25

  • John Madden on Thursday football: “It just doesn’t work”

    East Bay Times "One of Thanksgiving’s greatest traditions was listening to John Madden talk football and, even though he retired from the broadcast booth in 2009, Madden can still bring it. Madden, 80, is “feeling great” after battling multiple health issues, starting with heart surgery exactly a year..." November 24

  • Competition Committee to explore sideline cameras

    NFL.com "Two controversial sideline calls in two weeks have provoked questions as to how the league should review close plays along the boundaries. On Monday night, DeAndre Hopkins was ruled out of bounds on an early catch-and-run touchdown when it looked like his right foot had touched the white..." November 23

  • 9 NFL coaches who could be fired this season

    Fox Sports "Four straight losses have Mike McCarthy moving closer to the top of our hot seat rankings The unofficial second half of the NFL season begins this week as Thanksgiving is upon us. With it comes a clearer postseason picture and a whole bunch of teams that have no shot at the playoffs. Not..." November 23

  • Bengals designate Peerman for return from IR

    Dayton Daily News "The Cincinnati Bengals have designated Pro Bowl special teams player and running back Cedric Peerman for return from Injured Reserve, a move that officially ends the season of cornerback William Jackson, the team’s first-round draft pick. Jackson and Peerman were the only two players eligible..." November 23

  • Shannon Sharpe: NFL officiating so bad some fans think games are fixed

    Sporting News "NFL officiating has become so bad some fans think games are fixed. That was the serious charge leveled by Shannon Sharpe on FS1's "Undisputed" Tuesday after poor officiating marred the Raiders' 27-20 win Monday night against the Texans in Mexico City. The Pro Football Hall of Famer and..." November 23

  • A.J. Green strains hamstring, won't need sugery

    NFL.com "The Cincinnati Bengals received a modicum of positive news on Monday. A.J. Green suffered a hamstring strain Sunday, but will not require surgery. He will probably be out a few weeks, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source. Green was carted off early in Sunday's 16-12 loss..." November 21

  • Vontaze Burfict’s Latest Dirty Hit Left Bills’ Robert Woods With Sprained Knee

    NESN "Despite repeatedly being punished for dirty play, Vontaze Burfict apparently still hasn’t learned his lesson. The Cincinnati Bengals linebacker, who was fined $75,000 just a few weeks ago for stomping on New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount in Week 6, was back at it Sunday..." November 21

  • Burfict flips off fans during game

    Total Pro Sports "The Frustration was everywhere at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday during the Bengals’ home contest against the Buffalo Bills. The Bills Mafia fan base travels really well, so it was no surprise to see them in the stands. With about six minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Burfict gave a middle..." November 21

  • Bengals RB Giovani Bernard out for season with torn ACL

    USA Today "A.J. Green wasn’t the only offensive star the Cincinnati Bengals lost on Sunday. Running back Giovani Bernard tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and is done for the season, a person with knowledge of the injury told USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on condition of..." November 21

  • A.J. Green injures hamstring, questionable to return

    NFL.com "Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green exited the game early in the first quarter against the Buffalo Bills after suffering a hamstring injury. He is questionable to return to the game." November 20

  • A.J. Green to have Monday MRI on hamstring

    Pro Football Talk "The Bengals have slumped to 3-6-1, and they may not have one of their best players as they try to turn things around. Receiver A.J. Green will have an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of a hamstring strain suffered early in Sunday’s loss to the Bills." November 20

  • Bills overcome injuries to beat Bengals

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor knew he was going to be without top receiver Robert Woods on Sunday. But it took Taylor a play or two before he realized leading rusher LeSean McCoy wasn't coming back either. "I thought Shady was just going out for a couple plays,..." November 20

  • Bengals fear A.J. Green out for season with hamstring injury

    CBS Sports "Bengals Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green suffered a hamstring injury minutes into Sunday's game against the Bills and had to be taken off the field to the locker room on a cart. The Bengals ruled Green out for the game, which made sense when you heard reports like this from the..." November 20

  • NFL discussing moving start times of London games

    ESPN "In a continued effort to try to improve ratings, one idea the NFL is discussing is moving the 9:30 a.m. ET games played in London to a 1 p.m. ET start time, according to league sources. The idea would be to close a viewing window the NFL had created that extended the day and possibly detracted..." November 20

  • A.J. Green could join exclusive receiving club on Sunday

    The Sports Daily "Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green is just 36 receiving yards short of 1,000 for the season. He has reached 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first five seasons, and a sixth would put him in an exclusive receiving club with former All-Pro wide receiver Randy Moss. A five-time Pro..." November 19

  • NFL changing schedule process for greater flexibility with international games

    Sporting News "Within the next two weeks, the NFL should know how many international games will be played in 2017 and the participating teams. But when it comes to announcing when and where those games will be played, the public and teams will have to wait. NFL executive vice president/International Mark..." November 17

  • Quarterback Andy Dalton listed as limited for Bengals practice

    Pro Football Talk "Working on a short week, the Bengals only had a walk-through today. But for whatever it’s worth, quarterback Andy Dalton wasn’t able to do all of it. Via Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com, the Bengals quarterback was listed as limited Wednesday, with a right shoulder designation. Tight end Tyler..." November 16

  • Manning throws three TD passes in Giants' win

    The Sports Xchange "EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw three touchdown passes, including the game-winner to receiver Sterling Shepard at the beginning of the fourth quarter, as the Giants topped the Cincinnati Bengals 21-20 at MetLife Stadium on Monday night. New York held a..." November 15

  • NFL players headed to Capitol Hill to talk police relations and race issues, may meet with Paul Ryan

    ESPN "Five NFL players on Wednesday will travel to Capitol Hill to discuss police brutality and race issues with members of Congress, including a possible meeting with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. The meetings were conceived by Detroit Lions wide receiver Anquan Boldin, who is known for his..." November 15

  • Bengals rule Maualuga out for Monday night

    Pro Football Talk "The Bengals have ruled starting linebacker Rey Maualuga out of Monday night’s game at the Giants. Maualuga has a fibula injury and wasn’t able to practice this week. Vincent Rey, who has plenty of starting experience and is a regular on special teams and in nickel defenses, is listed as the..." November 12

  • Beckham downplays Burfict's reputation ahead of upcoming clash

    New York Post "He all but tried to decapitate and did concuss Antonio Brown in the playoffs, and he was such a repeat offender the NFL suspended him three games for the start of this season for violating its player-safety rules. He is Pro Football’s Dirtiest Player, which means Beware, Odell Beckham Jr., on..." November 12

  • NFL may consider fewer commercials to improve ratings

    Awful Announcing "There’s a lot of infuriating things happening in the world and in the world of sports right now. But for me, what has to be near the top of the list, at least in the top five, is this… Commercial. Touchback. Commercial. You know those interminable points in an NFL game after a team goes on a..." November 10

  • Donald Trump victory reportedly creating racial divide among NFL locker rooms

    Larry Brown Sports "One of the most common lessons a parent teaches a child is to not discuss politics with friends you want to keep. The same can apparently be said of NFL players and their teammates. Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report has spoken with more than two dozen current NFL players since Donald Trump won..." November 10

  • With ratings falling, the NFL may speed up game pace

    Today's Pigskin "Are NFL games just too slow? That’s one question being asked by executives as the rating continue to falter. NFL Media executive VP and NFL Network president and CEO Brian Rolapp was recently asked if the pace of games needed to increase to draw people back in, and he said: “Could [games] be..." November 10

  • NFL not rushing to rewrite marijuana policy amid new laws

    ESPN "The expansion of marijuana legalization across the United States during this week's elections will not spur any immediate changes in the NFL's joint drug policy with the NFL Players Association, spokesmen for both the league and the NFLPA said Wednesday. The NFLPA, however, will continue its..." November 10

  • Marvin Lewis downplays defensive coordinator's warning about lineup changes

    ESPN "Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther might be ready to make changes to his lineup, but it doesn't appear that coach Marvin Lewis feels the same way. If he does, he's not ready to reveal that to the public yet. Guenther said last week that he expected to give some of the..." November 10

  • How the NFL paved the way for Donald Trump's presidency

    Fox Sports "There was an election in America on Tuesday night and business mogul/reality star/Home Alone 2 starrer Donald Trump pulled off one of the great upsets in history to defeat Hillary Clinton and become the President-elect of the United States. And, if you're one of the 49% of people who didn't vote..." November 09

  • Pereira thinks NFL turning to full-time officials would be a mistake

    Pro Football Talk "Since Saints coach Sean Payton said last week on PFT Live that the NFL needs full-time officials, there has seemed to be a groundswell of support for the idea, even including the league’s head of officiating, Dean Blandino, saying the idea has merit. But a former head of officiating doesn’t..." November 09

  • HOF: Gold jackets, rings are to be worn only by Hall of Famers

    Pro Football Talk "The Pro Football Hall of Fame is standing by its policy not to give gold jackets and rings to the families of players inducted posthumously. Amid criticism from one of the daughters of Ken Stabler, the former quarterback who was inducted posthumously this year, many have called on the Hall to..." November 08

  • Shawn Williams, Dre Kirkpatrick pick up big fines

    Pro Football Talk "Two members of the Bengals secondary have incurred sizable fines from the league as a result of infractions during the team’s 27-27 tie with the Redskins in London last Sunday. Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports that safety Shawn Williams picked up a pair of fines that totaled $33,424. Williams..." November 04