Raiders Preview Capsule
OAKLAND RAIDERS (4-12)
New faces: WR Antonio Brown, T Trent Brown, WR Tyrell Williams, DE Clelin Ferrell, RB Josh Jacobs, S Johnathan Abram, CB Trayvon Mullen, S Lamarcus Joyner, OL Richie...
Bengals Preview Capsule
CINCINNATI BENGALS (6-10)
NEW FACES: Coach Zac Taylor, offensive coordinator Brian Callahan, defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo, LG John Jerry, RG John Miller, CB B.W. Webb.
NFL 2019: Raiders compelling in final season in Oakland
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The final scheduled season for the Raiders in Oakland shouldn't be boring even if it isn't a success on the field.
With high-profile offseason additions like big-play...
Raiders ready for their ‘Hard Knocks’ debut
NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Quarterback Derek Carr angrily yelling at teammates. Jon Gruden showing a softer, gentler side for some of his younger players and ditching his trademark snarl. Vontaze Burfict...
Staying healthy big key for Raiders’ Gareon Conley
NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Gareon Conley hasn't been shy about asking for help as he attempts to cement his spot as the Oakland Raiders' top cornerback.
Raiders Training Camp Capsule
OAKLAND RAIDERS (4-12)
OPEN CAMP: July 27, Napa, California
LAST YEAR: Jon Gruden's first season back in Oakland was a disappointment. Star edge rusher Khalil Mack was traded before...
Bengals Training Camp Capsule
CINCINNATI BENGALS (6-10)
OPEN CAMP: July 26, Cincinnati (first practice in Dayton, Ohio on July 27)
LAST YEAR: Coach Marvin Lewis was fired after a 16th season without a playoff win,...
Raiders Draft Preview Capsule
4, 24, 27. OAKLAND (6-10)
LAST SEASON: Coach Jon Gruden's first season back on sideline was rough one as defense lacked playmakers and QB Derek Carr struggled to grasp new offense. Rookie...
Raiders sign LB Brandon Marshall, RB Isaiah Crowell
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders filled two more holes on their depth chart Thursday by signing linebacker Brandon Marshall and running back Isaiah Crowell to one-year...
Raiders sign LB Vontaze Burfict after release by Bengals
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders have signed linebacker Vontaze Burfict.
The move Tuesday puts Burfict on a new team one day after he was released by the Cincinnati Bengals, where...
Bengals release oft-suspended LB Vontaze Burfict
The Bengals stuck with linebacker Vontaze Burfict through all his troubles, including a hit to Antonio Brown's head that led to a playoff loss. They finally released him on Monday after a season...
Free Agency-Bengals Capsule
CINCINNATI BENGALS (6-10)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: LB Preston Brown, LB Vincent Rey, OT Cedric Ogbuehi, OT Jake Fisher, OT Bobby Hart, OT Andre Smith, TE Tyler Eifert, TE C.J. Uzomah, TE...
Yanda insists his spit was not directed at Bengals player
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore Ravens guard Marshal Yanda vehemently denies he spit in the face of a Bengals player at the end of a scrum last Sunday.
After a video circulated this week that showed spit dropping from Yanda's face toward prone linebacker Vontaze Burfict, some suggested the act was intentional.
Yanda said Wednesday that he would never do such a thing.
Bengals’ Burfict fined $112,000 for 2 hits against Steelers
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has been fined Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict $112,000 for multiple unnecessary roughness penalties in Cincinnati's loss to Pittsburgh last Sunday.
The third-quarter plays involved Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back James Conner. Burfict, who has been fined 11 times for more than $315,000 during his seven-year NFL career, was suspended for four games to begin this season for violating the league's policy on performance enhancers.
Steelers prepare for another physical battle with Bengals
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster just wants to move on from last December's physical primetime meeting with the Cincinnati Bengals.
But the second-year wideout thrust himself into one of the fiercest rivalries in the NFL last season with a memorable block against Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict. Smith-Schuster was reminded of the hit prior to Sunday's game at Cincinnati.
Bengals’ message: Don’t lose your cool against the Steelers
CINCINNATI (AP) — Coach Marvin Lewis routinely shows his Bengals players video of egregious conduct from around the league as a way of trying to keep them in line. Exhibit A would be their game last December against the Steelers.
Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict activated after 4-game suspension
CINCINNATI (AP) — Linebacker Vontaze Burfict is back on the Cincinnati Bengals' active roster after serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's performance-enhancer policy.
He's glad to be back, even doing some work with special teams. He watched his teammates pull out a 37-36 win at Atlanta last Sunday on Andy Dalton's touchdown pass to A.J. Green with 7 seconds left in regulation.
Bengals 3-1 in challenging start, Dolphins trying to regroup
CINCINNATI (AP) — The first month shaped up as the Bengals' most daunting, with three road games in the first four. The offense and defense were getting accustomed to new systems. And then the injuries began.
Running back Joe Mixon tore knee cartilage. Center Billy Price tore a foot ligament. Linebacker Preston Brown sprained an ankle. Linebacker Vontaze Burfict was suspended all month for another NFL policy violation.
Burfict back at practice with Bengals as suspension ends
CINCINNATI (AP) — Bengals coach Marvin Lewis knew that linebacker Vontaze Burfict was back when he felt his feet leave the floor.
Burfict, who has been suspended repeatedly in his career, rejoined the team after completing a four-game ban for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancers. He made quite an entrance.
Bengals LB Preston Brown inactive vs Ravens
CINCINNATI (AP) — Preston Brown is inactive for the Bengals' Thursday night game against the Ravens, leaving Cincinnati without two of its top linebackers.
Brown hurt his right ankle during an opening win at Indianapolis on Sunday and had been listed as questionable. The Bengals also are missing linebacker Vontaze Burfict, suspended for the first four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
CINCINNATI (AP) — While the Bengals defense settles in to learn a new system during training camp, linebacker Vontaze Burfict is just passing through town.
NFL rejects Burfict’s appeal, upholds 4-game suspension
CINCINNATI (AP) — Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict will be sidelined to start a season for the fourth year in a row, this time serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancers.
The NFL rejected Burfict's appeal without comment and upheld the full suspension on Thursday. It's the third time the volatile linebacker has been suspended by the league in the past three years.
Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict facing another suspension
CINCINNATI (AP) — Vontaze Burfict is appealing a four-game suspension from the NFL for violating its policy on performance-enhancing substances, the third straight season that the Cincinnati Bengals linebacker is facing punishment from the league.
Titans RB Murray hurts right knee in loss to Rams
NEW YORK (AP) — Tennessee could be without starting running back DeMarco Murray next week when it tried to clinch a playoff spot.
Murray injured his right knee with 2:23 left in the game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. Coach Mike Mularkey said his running back will have an MRI, but it doesn't look good.
The Rams lost left guard Rodger Saffold to a rib injury late in the game. Los Angeles safety Marqui Christian also hurt a shoulder.
James Hawkins of The Detroit News breaks down Sunday's Lions-Bengals game at Paul Brown Stadium (1 p.m. Fox/WJR 760).
BENGALS TO WATCH
A.J. Green, WR: Amid a disappointing season in Cincinnati, Green has remained the one consistent threat on offense. While it hasn't been his best season, the seven-time Pro Bowler is still on the cusp of his sixth 1,000-yard season with 980 yards and eight touchdowns.
JuJu Smith-Schuster reenacts his hit and taunt of Vontaze Burfict as a Steelers TD celebration
Taking the lead in the final minute of the first half of the biggest game of the regular season was cause for celebration.
So the Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster and Martavis Bryant made it a memorable one – and one that won't be too popular with the folks in Cincinnati.
Depleted Bengals put center T.J. Johnson on injury list
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals put center T.J. Johnson on injured reserve Saturday with an injured chest muscle, the latest setback to a team already depleted by injuries. They signed running back Jarveon Williams off their practice squad.
Cincinnati (5-8) plays at Minnesota (10-3) on Sunday. The Bengals will be missing both starting cornerbacks — Adam "Pacman" Jones and Dre Kirkpatrick — along with three starting linebackers, including Vontaze Burfict.
JuJu Smith-Schuster was back in the Steelers' locker room Wednesday, his one-game suspension for his block on Cincinnati's Vontaze Burfict served during Sunday night's Steelers win against Baltimore.
And while the 21-year-old rookie was apologetic for the taunting aspect of the hit, Smith-Schuster vowed "I felt like it was a good (legal) hit."
Smith-Schuster also said the suspension would not cause him to change his game.
Bengals’ streak of defensive stinginess gets flattened
CINCINNATI (AP) — Coach Marvin Lewis couldn't find words to describe how his team came apart. His players had no problem picking out the adjectives.
"This was pretty bad," defensive end Carlos Dunlap said. "It was embarrassing to put that up there and come out like that. It's not what I expected."
Bengals CB Pacman Jones goes on injury list
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals put cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones on injured reserve Saturday, ending his season with a groin injury.
Jones is one of at least six starters who isn't expected to play Sunday against the Bears (3-9) at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals (5-7) suffered significant losses at cornerback during a 23-20 loss to Pittsburgh on Monday night, when Jones got hurt while making an interception.
Kevin Gorman: Missed message by NFL with decisions on Steelers, Bengals suspensions
The NFL wants to be "fair and firm, but not excessive" when punishing players in what it calls an effort to eliminate flagrant hits that have no place in football.
So the league suspended Steelers rookie receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster one game for his first offense, a crushing crack-back block on Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict, a repeat offender of the "egregious violations" the NFL wants to end.
Vikings largely keeping clean amid rash of NFL suspensions for alleged dirty play
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer says he preaches to players about “playing clean” and avoiding penalties, so the former Bengals defensive coordinator likely wouldn’t have liked what he saw Monday night had he been watching.
Steelers angry, confused over conflicting discipline rulings
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The NFL insists it isn't sending mixed messages as it tries to cut down on what it considers violent plays that cross the line.
The aftermath: Bengals’ Iloka has suspension overturned
CINCINNATI (AP) — Bengals safety George Iloka had his one-game suspension overturned on Wednesday, leaving him with a $36,464.50 fine for his hit to Antonio Brown's head.
Bengals safety Iloka has 1-game suspension overturned
CINCINNATI (AP) — Bengals safety George Iloka had his one-game suspension overturned on appeal Wednesday, leaving him with a $36,464.50 fine for his hit to Antonio Brown's head on Monday night.
Iloka and Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster each got a one-game suspension from the NFL in the aftermath of Pittsburgh's 23-20 win at Paul Brown Stadium. Iloka hit Brown in the head while trying to break up his game-tying touchdown catch.
NFL suspends Steelers’ Smith-Schuster and Bengals’ Iloka one game each
The fallout from one of the more vicious NFL games in recent memory arrived swiftly, as the NFL on Tuesday announced one-game suspensions for Steelers rookie WR JuJu Smith-Schuster and Bengals S George Iloka for their actions in the Steelers' come-from behind victory in Cincinnati on Monday night.
Pending appeal, Smith-Schuster will miss a Week 14 "Sunday Night Football" division showdown with the Ravens; Iloka would miss a visit from the Bears to Paul Brown Stadium next Sunday afternoon.
Five things we learned from Steelers 23, Bengals 20.
1. The hits kept coming, and fines are sure to follow.
JuJu Smith-Schuster should expect to be lighter in the wallet, and Bengals safety George Iloka likely will lose part of his paycheck as a result of the jarring hits they delivered in a rough-and-tumble game that renewed the competitive juices that has defined this series.
Steelers’ JuJu Smith-Schuster suspended 1 game for hit on Vontaze Burfict
In the wake of Monday night's penalty- and injury-filled game between the Steelers and Bengals, it took less than 24 hours for the NFL to hand out a suspension to a player on each team.
Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and Cincinnati safety George Iloka each were given a one-game suspension for their respective fourth-quarter illegal hits during the Steelers' come-from-behind 23-20 victory.
Steelers’ Smith-Schuster, Bengals’ Iloka each banned 1 game
NEW YORK (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and Cincinnati Bengals cornerback George Iloka have been suspended one game each by the NFL for violating league safety rules.
‘AFC North Football’? Big questions in wake of Steelers-Bengals bloodbath
It was the quintessential train wreck that we, apparently, couldn't look away from.
The bad blood leading into it. The war of words. The jarring tackles. The bone-crunching blocks.
It was "AFC North football," Ben Roethlisberger said after the Steelers edged the Bengals, 23-20, on Monday night in Cincinnati.
But it left many wondering whether this was football at all. And if it was, is it time to question everything we think about it?
Steelers’ Antonio Brown: JuJu Smith-Schuster’s head shot on Vontaze Burfict was ‘karma’
Steelers receiver Antonio Brown made headlines for all the wrong reasons Monday morning.
After teammate JuJu Smith-Schuster's head shot on Vontaze Burfict knocked the Bengals linebacker out of the game in the fourth quarter Monday night during the Steelers' 23-20 victory, Brown called the hit "karma."
Brown, the Steelers' all-world wide receiver, was knocked out by Burfict during a January 2016 AFC wild-card playoff game.
Steelers tweet, celebrate, dominate the Bengals
CINCINNATI (AP) — Vontaze Burfict refused to shake the Steelers' hands at midfield last October, and added to the insult by kicking one of them during the first quarter.
Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell tweeted after Pittsburgh's 29-14 win that the Bengals linebacker ought to be kicked out of the NFL.
Skrine fined $48K for illegal hit, Burfict not fined
NEW YORK (AP) — Jets cornerback Buster Skrine was fined $48,620 for his illegal hit on Tampa Bay receiver DeSean Jackson last week and Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict wasn't fined after his ejection against Tennessee for pushing away the arm of an official who tried to break up a sideline scuffle.
Burfict wasn't fined for his late hit out of bounds two plays earlier, either.
Bengals’ Burfict avoids suspension for contact with official
CINCINNATI (AP) — Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict won't be suspended for the contact with an official that got him ejected from a 24-20 loss at Tennessee.
Vontaze Burfict latest ejected, Bengals lose 24-20 to Titans
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vontaze Burfict pleaded his case to Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis. Then the linebacker who has been among the NFL's most suspended and penalized players finally headed to the locker room.
Burfict talked with some fans, raised both arms over his head and even jumped to high-five a fan at the tunnel.
Jaguars’ Bortles responds to Burfict, Bengals in 23-7 win
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone heard about Vontaze Burfict's comments earlier in the week and went straight to quarterback Blake Bortles.
Bengals’ Burfict back after latest 3-game suspension
CINCINNATI (AP) — During the Bengals' open locker room, linebacker Vontaze Burfict headed for the cafeteria, filled a foam carry-out box and headed straight to the trainer's room, not returning until the media was leaving.
Pressed to talk for 5 minutes after practice, he came off the field and told reporters he was first going to get a Bengals cap to wear for the occasion.
Bengals sign linebacker Vontaze Burfict to 3-year extension
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals signed linebacker Vontaze Burfict to a three-year contract extension Thursday as he began his latest NFL suspension for egregious conduct on the field.
Burfict's contract was up at the end of this season. The new deal runs through the 2020 season.