Quarterback Andy Dalton suffered a neck injury Saturday night, apparently when he converted a fourth-and-one from the half-yard line to give the Bengals a 7-0 lead over the Bears with 4:17 left in the first quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on the way to Cincinnati’s 21-10 victory.
It may be the preseason, but the readers are offering regular-season heat . . .Where do the receivers stand? Brandon Tate has that veteran reliability the coaches covet, but will they look elsewhere?
The Bengals tee it up for the third pre-season game Saturday (7:30 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) and while the starters/regulars are expected to play for the longest and last time before the opener, The Undrafteds quietly keep churning for a spot on the 53-man roster or the 10-man practice squad. In a world where privacy has been stripped bare, The Undrafteds have almost refreshing anonymity. And the Bengals have become a destination point for them.
Good friends Marvin Lewis and John Fox have met five times during the regular season as NFL head coaches and on Saturday at Paul Brown Stadium they hook up in the preseason.
Barrett Jones, AJ McCarron’s center at Alabama, can famously vouch for his competitive streak. The Bengals have put that streak on the line in an NFL backup QB derby that has no set formula. They're giving the edge to youth on a youth with an edge.
Hue Jackson did his best Bill Belichick after Wednesday’s practice and announced, “On to Chicago.” It was more Grudenesque because it ended a six-minute analysis of how the Bengals can get better on offense after Monday night.