Bengals Injured QB Dalton Has Yet to Resume Throwing

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Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has not resumed throwing yet according to Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com.

It’s not like he has a big game to prepare for or needs to get ready soon for training camp. “Not throwing yet because we are being very conservative with it,” said Dalton in a text message earlier this week. “I feel like I can throw but no reason to push anything right now.” Dalton was having his best season before a broken thumb ended it in Week 14. He should be ready for OTAs.

Perhaps a bigger concern for the Bengals offense is the loss of innovative coordinator Hue Jackson, who seemed to bring out the best in Dalton. Jackson will trying to bring some of that magic as head coach of the Browns in 2016.

London Preview: Bengals vs. Redskins

Bengals To Play In The UK

In just 10 months time, the Bengals will make the dive across the pond for their debut match in London, where they’ll face-off against the Redskins at Wembley Stadium. Now although it’s still a long time until the match, for fans wanting to travel to the English capital to see it, now is the time to plan your trip and buy tickets for the game.

There is no kick-off time as of yet, but the match will take place in Week 8 of the season on Sunday October 30th, with tickets being sold on Ticketmaster from January 21st. Some travel packages will be available, and special access to tickets will be given to Bengal season holders. For those who can’t make the flights over, the match will be shown live on Fox Network affiliates. This will include WXIX-TV (Channel 19) in Cincinnati, so there will be plenty of opportunity for all fans to see the match.

Many of the NFL teams have already played in London, indeed by the end of 2016 75% of all teams will have played in the UK. There are even rumors that a London NFL team may happen in the future. The UK is home to an incredibly large number of American Football fans, including Bengals fans, and these fans flock from across the UK to give incredible support for the teams making travelling to an international game a great experience.

The match itself will count as a home game for the Bengals, so next season will see the team only playing seven of their regular season games at Paul Brown Stadium. It is likely that, as this is an international game, the Bengals will get a bye in week 9.

Talking about the upcoming match and going international, Bengals President Mike Brown said the following: “We are proud to be a part of the NFL’s initiative to grow our game abroad, and we believe this game will be a source of pride for Cincinnati as well.”

“It will provide a strong platform for our region’s culture and recent progress,” continued the press release. “And we’ve long known that we have fans in London and the U.K. A number have visited Cincinnati for games over the years. We know they will be out to cheer us on, along with fans from our area who choose to travel to the game.”

Bengals head coach was similarly positive about the future match, “We’re excited to take our team to London and take on the Washington Redskins. We’re proud to show off the NFL game. And we always look for ways to keep a long season fresh and exciting for players. I know our players will respond well to this opportunity.”

Of course, one reason to be excited to visit the UK for a match is down to the phenomenon known as The Post-Wembley Wave. Statistics have shown that every team that has visited Wembley for an international match has returned home to play matches with an improved performance. None more so that the New England Patriots, who after their game against the Rams in 2012 returned home to win their next five games. A record that the Bengals can perhaps look to beat!

Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict Suspended Three Games for Saturday Hit on Brown

Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict is going to pay for his late hit on Steelers WR Antonio Brown that put the Steelers in field goal range in Saturday’s loss.

Here’s the story from USA Today:

Burfict has been suspended three games for a malicious hit on Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown in Pittsburgh’s 18-16 win over Cincinnati Saturday in the AFC Wild Card round of the playoffs.

Brown remained on the field, possibly having lost consciousness after the hit, but was able to walk off the field under his own power.

Bengals cornerback Adam Jones said immediately following the game, and again on the Dan Patrick Show Monday, Brown was “faking” the injury, and should be given “an Academy Award and a Grammy” for it.

It appears clearly on replay Burfict’s shoulder and forearm connect with Brown’s head well after an errant pass sailed over Brown at the middle of the field.

Steelers vs Bengals Wednesday Injury Report

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PITTSBURGH STEELERS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday CB William Gay (not injury related), LB James Harrison (not injury related), TE Heath Miller (not injury related), RB DeAngelo Williams (foot), LB Vince Williams (illness)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday WR Martavis Bryant (neck)
CINCINNATI BENGALS
Practice Report
OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)
Wednesday DT Brandon Thompson (knee)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday QB Andy Dalton (right thumb), TE Ryan Hewitt (knee)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday CB Leon Hall (concussion, back)

Steelers vs Bengals AFC Wild Card Capsule

Pittsburgh Steelers v Cincinnati Bengals

SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 2016

PITTSBURGH STEELERS–AFC NORTH (10-6) AT CINCINNATI BENGALS–AFC NORTH (12-4)?

SERIES

STEELERS BENGALS
LEADER 56-35
STREAKS 4 of past 5
COACHES VS. OPP. Mike Tomlin: 13-5 Marvin Lewis: 8-18
COACHES PLAYOFF RECORD Mike Tomlin: 5-4 Marvin Lewis: 0-6
VS. COMMON OPP. Pit: 8-4 (Bal 0-2; Cle 2-0; Oak 1-0; SD 1-0; KC 0-1; Den 1-0; Ari 1-0; StL 1-0; SF 1-0; Sea 0-1)

Cin: 10-2 (Bal 2-0; Cle 2-0; Oak 1-0; SD 1-0; KC 1-0; Den 0-1; Ari 0-1; StL 1-0; SF 1-0; Sea 1-0)

PLAYOFF RECORD 33-22 5-13
LAST WEEK W 28-12 at Browns W 24-16 vs. Ravens
LAST GAME 12/13/15: Steelers 33 at Bengals 20. Pittsburgh RB DeAngelo Williams rushes for 76 yards & 2 TDs. Steelers CB William Gay adds 23-yard INT-TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/13/15
LAST PLAYOFF 1/8/06: Steelers 31 at Bengals 17. Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger throws for 208 yards & 3 TDs (148.7 passer rating). Steelers WR Cedrick Wilson has 104 rec. yards & TD.
REFEREE John Parry
BROADCAST CBS (8:15 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phill Simms, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Dan Fouts, Laura Okmin (field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (Pit), 82 (Cin). XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (Pit), 82 (Cin).

STAT LEADERS

PASSING Roethlisberger: 319-469-3938-21-16-94.5 Dalton: 255-386-3250-25-7-106.3 (1C) OR

McCarron: 79-119-854-6-2-97.1

RUSHING D. Williams: 200-907-4.5-11 (T1L) J. Hill: 223-794-3.6-11 (T1L)
RECEIVING Brown: 136 (T1L)-1834 (1C)-13.5-10 Green: 86-1297-15.1-10
OFFENSE 395.4 (1C) 358.0
TAKE/GIVE +2 +11 (3L)
DEFENSE 363.1 340.8
SACKS Heyward: 7 Dunlap: 13.5 (3C)
INTs Mitchell: 3 Nelson: 8 (T1L)
PR Brown: 9.6 Tate: 6.3
KR Wheaton: 21.0 Tate: 22.9
PUNTING Berry: 42.6 Huber: 45.8
KICKING Boswell: 113 (26/27 PAT; 29/32 FG) Nugent: 117 (48/49 PAT; 23/28 FG)


NOTES

TEAMS MEET for 2nd time in postseason. Steelers defeated Bengals 31-17 in Wild Card Playoff on 1/8/06. Pit. leads all-time regular-season series 56-35 & clubs split 2015 season series.

STEELERS: Have 33-22 (.600) all-time postseason record, 2nd all-time in total playoff wins & 4th all-time in win pct. Need 1 playoff win to tie Dallas (34) for most all-time. In 2005, became 1st No. 6 seed in NFL history to win SB (XL vs. Seahawks). Set NFL record for 2-point conversions in single season, converting 8 of 11 attempts in 2015…QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER led NFL with 328.2 passing yards per game in 2015 (3,938 yards in 12 games), 3rd-highest single-season average in NFL history. Has 10-5 career postseason record. Has 11-2 record at Cincinnati (including playoffs) & has passed for 3,010 yards with 19 TDs vs. 9 INTs for 98.1 rating. In 1/8/06 playoff meeting, completed 14 of 19 (73.7 percent) for 208 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 148.7 passer rating…RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS tied for 1st in NFL with 11 rush TDs & ranked 3rd amongst AFC RBs with 1,274 scrimmage yards in 2015. In past 8, is averaging 112.1 scrimmage yards per game & has 8 rush TDs…WR ANTONIO BROWN had career-best 136 catches, tied for 2nd-most in single season in NFL history, & ranked 2nd in the NFL with franchise-record 1,834 receiving yards. Led NFL with 129 catches in 2014 & his 265 receptions in past 2 seasons are most of any 2-year span in history. 1 of 2 in NFL history with back-to-back 120-catch seasons (HOFer CRIS CARTER). Led team with 10 TD catches & joined HINES WARD (2002-03) as only Steelers with consecutive 10-TD catch seasons. WR MARTAVIS BRYANT has 16 TDs in 22 career games (including playoffs). Had 5 catches for 61 yards & TD in only career playoff game (1/3/15 Wild Card vs. Ravens). TE HEATH MILLER has 46 career postseason catches & needs 6 to surpass KEITH JACKSON (51) for 5th-most by TE in playoff history…In 13 career playoff games, LB JAMES HARRISON has 6.5 sacks & 100-yard INT-TD (SB XLIII vs. Az.), tied for 2nd-longest in playoff history. LB LAWRENCE TIMMONS led team with 119 tackles. Since 2007, is only NFL player with 30+ sacks (33) & 10+ INTs (10). S MIKE MITCHELL led team with 3 INTs & had career-best 9 PDs…Club had 3 players selected to 2016 Pro Bowl (QB Roethlisberger, WR Brown, G DAVID DE CASTRO).

BENGALS: Club has reached postseason for 7th time under head coach MARVIN LEWIS (2005, 2009, 2011-2015) & makes franchise-record 5th consecutive playoff appearance. Bengals aim for 1st postseason win since 1/6/91 against Houston Oilers (Wild Card). Tied franchise-record for regular-season wins (12)…QB ANDY DALTON has 50-26-1 (.656) record, highest win pct. of any Bengals QB (min. 20 starts). Has 24 career road wins, most of any starting QB in Super Bowl era in 1st 5 NFL seasons. In past 4, QB AJ MC CARRON has completed 76 of 115 (66.1 pct.) for 832 yards with 6 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 97.4 rating, incl. 280 yards & 2 TDs vs. Steelers in Week 14…RB JEREMY HILL tied for 1st in NFL with 11 rush TDs & led team with 794 rush yards. Has 6 rush TDs in past 7, including 96 yards & 1 TD last week vs. Ravens. Has 20 career rush TDs, most ever by Bengal in 1st 2 NFL seasons. RB GIOVANI BERNARD averages 85 scrimmage yards in 2 career postseason games…Since entering NFL in 2011, WR A.J. GREEN has 6,171 receiving yards, 5th-most of any player in 1st 5 seasons. Led team with 1,297 receiving yards & joined CHAD JOHNSON (6, 2002-07) as only Bengals with at least 5 consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons. 1 of 2 players in NFL history with 5+ consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons to begin career (RANDY MOSS, 6). TE TYLER EIFERT led NFL TEs with 13 TD catches, most ever by Bengals TE in season…1 of 2 NFL teams to have 2 players with 11+ sacks in 2015 – DE CARLOS DUNLAP (13.5) & DT GENO ATKINS (11). Dunlap’s 13.5 sacks surpassed EDDIE EDWARDS’ single-season franchise record (13 in 1983). Atkins has 1.5 sacks in 3 career postseason games. S REGGIE NELSON tied for 1st in NFL with career-high 8 INTs. 1st Bengal to tie for 1st in NFL since DELTHA O’NEAL in 2005. LB VINCENT REY led team with 95 tackles…Club had 5 players selected to 2016 Pro Bowl (WR Green, TE Eifert, T ANDREW WHITWORTH, DT Atkins, S Nelson).

Steelers vs Bengals NFL Week 14 Inactives

Steelers inactives: QB Mike Vick, WR Sammie Coates, RB Jordan Todman, DE L.T. Walton, LT Byron Stingily, OLB Anthony Chickillo, Jacoby Jones

Bengals inactives: WR Mario Alford, CB Adam Jones, LB P.J. Dawson, OT Jake Fisher, DT Marcus Hardison, DE Will Clarke, DT Brandon Thompson

Dalton Not Happy About ‘BB Gun’ Comments From J.J. Watt

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton rarely colors outside the lines in press conferences. For the most part of his career, he’s stuck to the basic talking points and avoided controversy at all costs, Paul Dehner of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

For all the talk about this being a different Dalton this year, maybe never was that more apparent than when he used his postgame press conference to offer a frustrated reaction to comments J.J. Watt made about him on the Monday Night Football postgame show.

On the show, Watt took a shot at Dalton, nicknamed the Red Rifle.

“Our goal was to come out here and make the Red Rifle look like a Red Ryder BB Gun, and I think we did that tonight,” Watt said.

Whether playful trash talk or not, Dalton took offense and offered his opinion on the comments loud and clear.

“I’m disappointed in him because of the integrity of this game,” Dalton said. “I have a lot of respect for him. He’s a really good player. There are a lot of kids and people who look up to him, and for him to make comments like that, he’s just showing that’s acceptable to say that kind of stuff. It’s disappointing for one of the best players in the league to come out and say something like that, so that’s all I’m going to say about that. I think he’s a good player, but for him to be one of the best in the league and to show that integrity, it shows what he’s about, and that’s disappointing.”

Browns at Bengals NFL Week Nine Inactives

Here’s the inactives for tonight’s Browns at Bengals game in Cincinnati.

Browns inactives: QB Josh McCown, WR Andrew Hawkins, CB Joe Haden, S Donte Whitner, S Jordan Poyer, WR Brian Hartline and LB Jayson DiManche.

Bengals inactives: WR Mario Alford, CB Chris Lewis-Harris, LB Rey Maualuga, OT Andre Smith, TE C.J. Uzomah, DT Marcus Hardison, DT Pat Sims