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Joe Burrow makes big change after rough start to season

Joe Burrow on the sideline

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) walks the sideline in the fourth quarter of the NFL Week 12 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. Mandatory Credit: Sam Greene/The Enquirer / USA TODAY NETWORK

The Cincinnati Bengals look like they might be experiencing a bit of an AFC Championship hangover, and Joe Burrow is doing everything he can to refocus after the rough start.

Burrow was asked on Wednesday if he has any thoughts on the way people have reacted on social media to the Bengals’ 0-2 start. The star quarterback said that is not an issue for him because he does not have Instagram and Twitter right now.

Burrow’s accounts are still active, but he later clarified that he has deleted the Twitter and Instagram apps from his phone.

That is the primary way many people access the two social media platforms. Most star athletes have social media managers, but Burrow has not posted on Instagram or Twitter since Sept. 13. Even that post was just a promo for Bose, so it is not as if he was very active on social media before.

Another NFL star recently told reporters he also deleted social media apps from his phone, although he did so for a very unique reason.

The Bengals fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers 23-20 in overtime in Week 1. They then lost 20-17 on Sunday to the Dallas Cowboys, who started backup quarterback Cooper Rush. Burrow threw four interceptions against the Steelers. He has been sacked 13 times already, which is obviously a massive problem that Cincinnati needs to address.

Crazy photo of helmet from Rams-Bengals fight goes viral

Rams and Bengals players fight

A third scuffle escalates into a brawl during a joint preseason camp practice between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022. Practice was ended early after a third scuffle turned into a broader fight between players on both teams. Cincinnati Bengals Los Angeles Rams Training Camp. Photo Credit: Sam Greene/The Enquirer / USA TODAY NETWORK

A photo from the wild joint practice fight on Thursday between the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams has gone viral.

Aaron Donald was at the center of the fight and was seen swinging a helmet at some of his opponents. One photo shows just how hard the impact was when a Bengals player was hit in the helmet by a Rams player swinging a Bengals helmet.

In the photo, you can see the Bengals helmet that had been swung actually bending at the point of impact.

It’s unclear from that photo which Rams player had swung the helmet.

According to some reporters in attendance, Bengals offensive lineman La’el Collins got into it with Leonard Floyd and threw Floyd’s helmet at the Rams linebacker. That may have started the fight that led to Donald swinging the helmet. The joint practice between the teams was called off after a third fight broke out between the teams.

A video that went viral showed Donald swinging a helmet at Bengals players a few times (video here).

The NFL does not have the authority to punish players for practice/training camp incidents. The Rams reportedly plan to handle discipline for the players internally.

Aaron Donald swings helmets during Rams-Bengals practice fight

Aaron Donald in pads

Sep 19, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Los Angeles Rams defensive end Aaron Donald (99) on the sideline in the first half against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

An ugly brawl broke out between the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals during a joint practice between the two teams on Thursday. Aaron Donald was at the center of it, and the three-time Defensive Player of the Year may have taken things a bit too far.

There were a few minor scuffles during the practice before things got out of hand. Bengals offensive lineman La’el Collins got into it with Leonard Floyd and threw Floyd’s helmet at the Rams linebacker, according to some reporters in attendance. Donald then had two Bengals’ players helmets in his hands and was seen swinging them around. The video below shows that portion of the fight:

One photo that went viral showed Donald holding two Bengals helmets.

Bengals head coach Zac Taylor downplayed the incident and said the important thing is that no one was injured.

Donald could face some sort of disciplinary action. We have seen plenty of fights during joint practices this offseason, but swinging a helmet around is always dangerous.

Cleveland Browns star Myles Garrett received a lengthy suspension three seasons ago when he swung a helmet during a fight. While the NFL typically leaves it up to teams to discipline players for incidents during practice, they may make an exception for Donald.

Broadcaster goes viral for unintentional sexual reference

Bengals line up for a field goal

Things got a bit weird during the broadcast of Friday night’s preseason game between the Arizona Cardinals and Cincinnati Bengals.

After the Bengals had to settle for a field goal early in the second quarter, one of the announcers from Local 12 in Cincinnati was talking about how much he admires when a quarterback stands in the pocket and delivers a pass knowing a big hit is coming. The announcer had an interesting way of expressing that admiration.

Oh boy. That was about as tough of a choice of words as you will ever see during a televised football game.

New name of Bengals stadium revealed

Mike Brown at a press conference

Cincinnati Bengals team president Mike Brown answers questions during a press conference announcing Zac Taylor as the 10th head coach in Cincinnati Bengals team history, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. Credit: Kareem Elgazzar

The Cincinnati Bengals will no longer be playing their home games at Paul Brown Stadium.

The Bengals announced on Tuesday that they have officially reached a new naming rights agreement for their stadium. It is now known as Paycor Stadium.

Paycor is a human resources company that is headquartered in Cincinnati. As ESPN’s Adam Schefter notes, the company has been the official HR provider of the Bengals since 2018.

Prior to the new naming rights deal, the Bengals were one of only three NFL teams to play in a stadium that was not named after a corporate sponsor. The only two remaining are Lambeau Field in Green Bay and Soldier Field in Chicago.

Paul Brown Stadium opened in 2000 and was named after Bengals founder Paul Brown. Bengals president Mike Brown, Paul’s son, believes his father would have been in favor of the naming rights deal.

The rebranding for the Bengals’ home venue comes not long after one of their division rivals did the same.

Joe Burrow had unique way of completing conditioning drill

Joe Burrow on the sideline

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) walks the sideline in the fourth quarter of the NFL Week 12 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. Mandatory Credit: Sam Greene/The Enquirer / USA TODAY NETWORK

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow has been taking it easy during training camp so far after undergoing surgery to remove his appendix. But the 2021 AP Comeback Player of the Year still managed to participate in a team conditioning drill on Thursday.

Burrow’s appendectomy that he received prior to the start of training camp is not expected to keep him out of practice for a lengthy amount of time.

On Thursday, the Bengals were captured sprinting across their practice field during a conditioning drill. Burrow also participated, but with a twist.

Lined up near the opposite endzone, Burrow drove a golf cart across the field alongside his teammates who were on foot. He then turned around and drove back to finish the drill.

Burrow was spotted driving his golf cart around with running back Joe Mixon earlier this week.

Luckily for Burrow and the Bengals, this injury will not be as tough to recover from as was the torn ACL he suffered during his rookie season.

Burrow threw for 4,611 yards and 34 touchdowns and led the Bengals to the Super Bowl while coming off of his ACL injury and subsequent surgery. Perhaps he and the Bengals will be able to finish the deal this time around.

Joe Mixon reveals his 1 big regret from Bengals’ Super Bowl run

Joe Mixon in his Bengals uniform

Nov 17, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) gestures on the sideline before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Despite having a 2021 season that was his best both individually and from a team standpoint, Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon wishes that one particular thing played out differently.

Mixon spoke with reporters on Sunday and revealed that he regrets not fighting harder to be out on the field for the final drive of Super Bowl LVI.

“It was just a caught up in the moment thing,” said the Pro Bowler Mixon, per Kelsey Conway of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I really should have taken initiative on myself and just been like, ‘Hey, I’m coming in [the game].’ But you know, it was the heat of the moment.

“It’s last year [though] and, you know, obviously we’re in 2022,” Mixon went on. “We’re trying to go ahead and do whatever we can to repeat and get back in that same situation and when we are in that situation, damn sure you know I’ll be in.”

Mixon, who was one of Cincinnati’s most dynamic offensive players all year, deferred to Bengals coach Zac Taylor’s decision to go with backup Samaje Perine over him during the final offensive drive of the Super Bowl. It was a two-minute drill-oriented decision, but the gutsy call backfired. Perine got stuffed on a critical 3rd-and-1 situation at midfield, forcing Cincinnati to burn a timeout. Then on fourth down the next play, QB Joe Burrow fired a desperation heave to Perine that fell incomplete for a turnover on downs, effectively ending the game.

Taylor took a lot of blame for the decision and was forced to explain himself at the time. But Mixon thinks that he himself deserves some of the heat too.

Joe Burrow has unexpected surgery

Joe Burrow signals thumbs up

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) gives a thumbs up to the fans after the fourth quarter of the NFL Week 4 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Jacksonville Jaguars at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. The Bengals collected their first win of the season, 33-25, from the Jaguars.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow underwent an unexpected surgery prior to the start of training camp.

Burrow had to have surgery on Tuesday to remove his appendix, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports. He will miss practice time but his absence is not expected to be lengthy.

Burrow had an incredible 2021 season and has quickly become one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. He threw for 4,611 yards and 34 touchdowns and led the Bengals to the Super Bowl. The arrow is still pointing up for the former LSU star.

Last offseason, Burrow had to work his way back from a torn ACL. His appendectomy will not be nearly as big of an obstacle as that.

Bengals to have major uniform change in 2022

Joe Burrow signals thumbs up

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) gives a thumbs up to the fans after the fourth quarter of the NFL Week 4 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Jacksonville Jaguars at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. The Bengals collected their first win of the season, 33-25, from the Jaguars.

For at least one game in 2022, the reigning AFC Champion Cincinnati Bengals will have a sweet new look.

It was revealed on Friday that the Bengals will don a unique new alternate helmet during the regular season, and it will be absent of their classic orange. Rather, for the first time in team history, Cincinnati will wear a white helmet with their traditional black bengal stripes.

A team spokesman told ESPN that an announcement will come next week detailing when, exactly, the Bengals intend to wear their new white helmets.

The uniform change marks the second consecutive year in which the Bengals have made a tweak. In 2021, they introduced brand new white jerseys that were worn in nine different games.

The Bengals join the New York Giants, New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers as teams who have opted to take advantage of the NFL’s new two-helmet rule. However, more are expected to be announced prior to the July 31 deadline.

Bengals WR shares great tweet about Ja’Marr Chase

Ja'Marr Chase waves after a catch

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase (1) waives after converting a third down during the game winning final Cincinnati Bengals drive in the fourth quarter of the NFL game on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. Mandatory Credit: Albert Cesare/The Enquirer

Ja’Marr Chase established himself as one of the most explosive wide receivers in the NFL during his rookie season last year, but the fifth overall pick may not have even been the best player on his team at the position. Just ask Trent Taylor.

Sure, Taylor caught just two passes in four games last season. But like Chase, the former Louisiana Tech star once led the NCAA in receiving yards. He did so with 1,803 yards back in 2016. Chase had 1,780 in 2019. Taylor sent a very sarcastic tweet on Wednesday implying that the college stat proves he is a better player than Chase.

The man makes a very strong case.

Chase made some eye-popping catches in the biggest moments last season, but did he have over 300 catches and over 4,000 yards receiving during his college career? No, he did not. Taylor will always have that on him.