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Marvin Lewis: John Ross concealed shoulder injury from the Bengals

Bengals receiver John Ross‘s season came to an end on Wednesday when it was revealed he needs surgery on his left shoulder. So why had coach Marvin Lewis said earlier in the day that Ross could play on Sunday? The answer, Lewis says, is that Ross had been hiding his injury. Lewis told SiriusXM NFL [more]

Steelers kicker thinks Bengals tried to hurt him before game-winning field goal

Steelers kicker Chris Boswell believes the Bengals attempted to injure him before he could kick the game-winning field goal on Monday night. When Pittsburgh initially lined up for the field goal, Cincinnati’s Josh Shaw jumped offside so far he was practically in front of the ball when Boswell kicked, and on Boswell’s follow-through his foot [more]

Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner has no desire to see a targeting rule added in NFL

Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner had a visceral reaction regarding the idea of college football style “targeting” rules being implemented in the NFL. “It’s terrible,” Wagner said on Wednesday. “You can just see it now, you watch the college games and they kicking players out for clean hits because they can’t tell what is a clean [more]

John Ross will undergo shoulder surgery

Bengals wide receiver John Ross needs surgery on his left shoulder, Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer first reported. It remains unclear when the rookie injured his shoulder, but an MRI this week revealed the bad news. The first-round pick missed most of training camp after offseason labrum surgery on his right shoulder. He played [more]

John Ross’ rookie season ends with trip to injured reserve

Wide receiver John Ross‘ NFL career started while he was recovering from shoulder surgery and his first season has come to end because of a shoulder injury. The Bengals announced on Wednesday that they have placed Ross on injured reserve, which brings a disappointing first year in the league to an end. Ross also dealt [more]

Nine Bengals out of practice Wednesday

The Bengals are obviously feeling the effects of last week’s physical/violent game against the Steelers. Their injury report Wednesday includes nine players out of practice. Take a deep breath, and get a load of the list of those held out: Linebacker Vontaze Burfict (concussion), cornerbacks Adam Jones (groin), Dre Kirkpatrick (concussion) and Darqueze Dennard (knee), [more]

Bengals fail to sell nearly 10,000 tickets for Steelers game

The standard response to the many images of empty seats at NFL games in 2016 is that the tickets, while not used, were sold. In Cincinnati, that’s not the case. According to the Cincinnati Business Courier (via SportsBusiness Daily), the Bengals failed to sell nearly 10,000 tickets to Monday night’s game against the Steelers. The [more]

NFL will discuss allowing two personal fouls to be accepted on one play

When Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster delivered an illegal block to Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict, and then stood over Burfict and taunted him afterward, Pittsburgh was flagged for two penalties. But by rule, only one of those penalties could be enforced — a rule the league will consider changing for next year. NFL Executive Vice [more]

George Iloka’s suspension overturned

What seemed to be an emotional overreaction in suspending Bengals safety George Iloka apparently looked different after hearing officer Derrick Brooks slept on it. The league announced that Brooks overturned Iloka’s one-game suspension, and gave him a $36,464.50 fine instead. That’s the right call, as his action was more like the commonly fined hits we’ve seen [more]

Roethlisberger sees respect in Ravens rivalry that’s missing with Bengals

After Monday night’s flag and injury-filled win over the Bengals, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said the game was just “AFC North football.” The Steelers will be playing another divisional rival this week when they host the Ravens, but there’s apparently a difference between one AFC North game and another. While the quarterback feels that games [more]

George Iloka shouldn’t have been suspended

The ruling on the one-game suspension imposed by the league on Bengals safety George Iloka should be coming any minute now. Regardless of whether hearing officer Derrick Brooks overturns or reduces the discipline, a suspension should never have been implemented in the first place. Iloka’s helmet-to-helmet hit on Steelers receiver Antonio Brown merits a fine, [more]

A day later, Ben Roethlisberger wants his son to be a golfer

In the moments after Monday’s win over the Bengals — in a game which saw two players stretchered off the field and one of his teammates hospitalized — Ben Roethlisberger chalked it up to “AFC North Football.” But with time to reflect, he seemed to realize how brutal it was, and it apparently made him [more]

JuJu Smith-Schuster suspension upheld

The Steelers will be facing the Ravens on Sunday night without one of their best young players. Receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster will miss the home game against Baltimore; the expedited appeal hearing of his one-game suspension has resulted in an affirmation of the banishment, which came both from an illegal block on Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict [more]

Sunday night, Monday night Week 13 ratings up significantly

The nattering nabobs of NFL negativism are having their agenda disrupted, at least for a week. As to Week 13 of the 2017 regular season, multiple key TV numbers jumped dramatically in comparison to Week 13 of the 2016 regular season. According to SportsBusiness Journal, the ratings for NBC’s Sunday Night Football (Eagles-Seahawks) showed a [more]

Suspensions come quickly for Steelers and Bengals

That didn’t take long. The NFL just announced one-game suspensions for Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and Bengals safety George Iloka, after last night’s over-the-line hits. Both were flagged last night for helmet-to-helmet hits, Smith-Schuster for dropping Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict and Iloka for hitting Steelers wideout Antonio Brown in the end zone. They can [more]

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