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AFC playoff picture: Chargers moving up

In early October, only an idiot would have said the Chargers looked like a playoff team. In late November, the idiots are looking pretty smart. The Chargers’ Thanksgiving win over the Cowboys has them at 5-6, only half a game out in the wild card race and a game and a half out in the [more]

Lions promote Christian Ringo to take Khyri Thornton’s spot

The Lions have promoted defensive tackle Christian Ringo from the practice squad. He takes Khyri Thornton‘s spot on the 53-player roster. The Packers selected Ringo in the sixth round of the 2015 draft out of Louisiana Lafayette. He spent two seasons in Green Bay as a member of the practice squad and active roster. The [more]

Bengals committed to Randy Bullock for “this week”

The Bengals are sticking with kicker Randy Bullock “this week,” which isn’t really a vote of confidence. Instead, Cincinnati, which has seen its kickers repeatedly miss kicks the past two seasons, has let Bullock know he has no wiggle room. Mike Nugent missed six field goals and six extra points in 13 games for the [more]

Charges dropped against Sam Adams in tax fraud case

Former Pro Bowl defensive tackle Sam Adams had charges against him dropped in a case where he was alleged to have committed tax evasion and wage theft while running six northwest health clubs. “My wife Erika and I are relieved the truth has come out, and that our family can put this painful episode behind [more]

Bengals re-sign Pat Sims, waive Josh Tupou

The Bengals re-signed defensive tackle Pat Sims on Tuesday. They waived defensive tackle Josh Tupou in a corresponding move. Cincinnati waived Sims on Saturday, and he cleared waivers Monday. The 10-year veteran has played in eight games this year, with seven starts, and has made 19 tackles. Tupou, a rookie out of the University of [more]

Dre Kirkpatrick expects to be messed with all week after failing to score on 100-yard return

It’s hard to go 100 yards on a football field without putting points on the board, but that’s what Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick did in Sunday’s game against the Broncos. Kirkpatrick intercepted a Brock Osweiler pass in the Bengals’ end zone and took off for the other one before losing the ball around the Denver [more]

AFC playoff picture: Steelers, Patriots atop the conference

Some things never change. The Steelers and Patriots are the two franchises that have played in the AFC Championship Game the most, and the Steelers and Patriots are the two teams atop the AFC this year. Here’s how the AFC playoff picture looks, with each team now having played 10 games: LEADERS 1. Steelers (8-2): [more]

Broncos continue to plummet, lose at home to Bengals

The Denver Broncos are on a six-game losing streak. Denver, which looked like a playoff contender early in the season, fell 20-17 to Cincinnati today to drop to 3-7 on the season. It’s been an ugly fall for a Broncos team that just can’t get anything going offensively. Brock Osweiler, playing in front of the [more]

Tyler Eifert had cyst removed from knee

Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert‘s season came to an end when he had back surgery in October and he’s using the time off to address some other health issues. Dan Graziano of ESPN reports that Eifert had surgery to remove a cyst from his knee. Eifert had knee trouble over the summer and missed a [more]

Broncos cut A.J. Derby a year after trading for him

Last year the Patriots traded tight end A.J. Derby to the Broncos just before the trade deadline. That netted New England a fifth-round draft pick, which they used to get running back Mike Gillislee from the Bills. Now Derby is done in Denver. The Broncos announced today that they have released Derby, who has 19 [more]

Bengals promote Hardy Nickerson, waive Pat Sims

The Bengals signed linebacker Hardy Nickerson off the practice squad Saturday. They waived defensive tackle Pat Sims in a corresponding move. Cincinnati cut Nickerson, a rookie out of the University of Illinois, on Tuesday and re-signed him to the practice squad Wednesday after he cleared waivers. He originally signed with the Bengals as a college [more]

Week 11 injury report roundup

Week 11 kicked off on Thursday with a Steelers win and it continues with 12 more games on Sunday, which means that the 24 teams in those games submitted their final injury reports of the week on Friday. Questionable players are uncertain to play, doubtful players are unlikely to play and out should be self-explanatory. Players [more]

Vontaze Burfict not fined for contact with official

We knew earlier in the week Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was not going to be suspended for making contact with an official last week. But according to Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com, he wasn’t even fined for the move. The contact in question didn’t reach the level of the Marshawn Lynch pushing an official, which drew [more]

Vontaze Burfict: Officials are disrespectful to me, but I have to stay out of their way

After Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was ejected from last Sunday’s game against the Titans for making contact with an official, one of his teammates said that officials have tried to provoke Burfict by cursing at him during games in recent weeks. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said it would “shock” him if that was the case, [more]

Adam Jones out this week with concussion

The Bengals will be without cornerback Adam Jones this week when they play the Broncos, and two other starters. Jones remains in the concussion protocol, after leaving last week’s loss to the Titans. In his absence, the Bengals will likely start William Jackson. He’s listed as questionable with a toe injury but practiced fully Friday. [more]

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