Aug 4, 2022; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle La'el Collins (71) works out on the side field during Cincinnati Bengals training camp practice, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, at the Paul Brown Stadium practice fields in Cincinnati.  Mandatory Credit: Kareem Elgazzar-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals activate OT La’el Collins

Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle La’el Collins was activated from the non-football injury list and joined the team on the practice field Wednesday.

Collins, 29, joined the Bengals after being released by the Dallas Cowboys in March.

He signed with Dallas as an undrafted free agent out of LSU and played right tackle and guard for the Cowboys.

But he was suspended five games for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy in 2021 and lost his starting job at right tackle.

Collins joined the Bengals as a right tackle in March, signing a three-year deal.

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Nov 29, 2020; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; A general view of Paul Brown Stadium during the first half of the game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the New York Giants. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals’ Paul Brown Stadium renamed to Paycor Stadium

Cincinnati’s Paul Brown Stadium is now Paycor Stadium.

The team signed a naming-rights deal with Cincinnati-based Paycor, a human resources company, on Tuesday.

Financial terms were not disclosed for the 16-year agreement.

The 65,515-seat stadium opened in 2020 and was originally named after franchise founder Paul Brown.

“This is a move that I think my father would have agreed to. He was always for what is best for the football team,” Bengals president Mike Brown said in a statement. “This partnership allows the Bengals to continue to compete at the highest level in the NFL and exemplifies our long-term commitment to the community.”

The defending AFC champion Bengals open the preseason Friday at Paycor Stadium against the Arizona Cardinals. Cincinnati’s regular season home opener is Sept. 11 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) calls out a play while running through plays during Cincinnati Bengals preseason training camp at Paul Brown Stadium training facility in Cincinnati on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022.

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Bengals’ Joe Burrow (appendectomy) resumes tossing ball

Two weeks removed from undergoing an appendectomy, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow resumed light throwing at practice on Monday.

Burrow flipped light tosses to teammates as the rest of the Bengals underwent drills, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer and ESPN. He made only a few throws, all without maximum effort, per ESPN.

Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan told ESPN, “He’s feeling better, so I just asked him if he wanted to do it and he said, ‘Yeah.’”

After practice, head coach Zac Taylor wouldn’t rule out the possibility that Burrow could see some action during the preseason. Last year, Burrow’s entire preseason consisted of three plays and one pass.

“Do I need to see him? No,” Taylor said. “Has any decision been made on how much to play these guys (in exhibition games)? No. He threw one screen last year I think for a negative 25-yard loss that had almost four injuries. And he started the season pretty well.”

Taylor added of Burrow’s recovery, “I think what you see is what you get. He looks good to me. He’s starting to get better every single day. …

“It’s been encouraging. He’s back to himself in the meetings and looking good. I’ve never had the surgery and I don’t know what it feels like, so I’m not going to make any predictions. We’re excited about the progress he’s making. We’ve got plenty of time before the opener.”

The Bengals open at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 11.

Burrow, 25, was the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year last season. He returned from a major left knee injury sustained as a rookie on Nov. 22, 2020, to start 16 games in 2021 while leading the league in completion percentage (70.4 percent) and yards gained per pass attempt (8.9). He threw for 4,611 yards with 34 touchdown passes and 14 interceptions.

Burrow subsequently led the Bengals to the Super Bowl, where they lost to the Los Angeles Rams. He amassed 1,105 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions in four postseason games.

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) takes questions from reporters, Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.

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Bengals QB Joe Burrow back at camp after appendectomy

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow made an appearance at training camp Monday, his first since having his appendix removed last week.

Burrow rode a golf cart onto the practice field to observe the session and there is still no timetable for his return to physical activity.

“It’s good to have him around and we’ll just take it day-to-day with him,” head coach Zac Taylor said Monday.

Taylor said Burrow’s attendance at Cincinnati’s training facility is voluntary at this point.

“Yeah, that’s his call to get out there,” Taylor said. “So, he feels up to it so we’ll let him get out here and spend as much time as he needs to.”

Burrow, 25, reported to training camp on July 23 and took part in two days of on-field work. After he experienced cramping during the workouts, he received the diagnosis that that led to the appendectomy.

Cincinnati’s preseason opener is Aug. 12 against the Arizona Cardinals but the real target is having him completely healthy on Sept. 11 when the Bengals open the 2022 season against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Burrow had a big season last year while leading the Bengals to the Super Bowl, where they lost to the Los Angeles Rams. The NFL Comeback Player of the Year completed a league-high 70.4 percent of his passes while establishing franchise records of 4,611 passing yards and 34 touchdown passes. He was intercepted 14 times.

Backups Brandon Allen, Jake Browning and Drew Pitt are handling the quarterback workload at camp with Burrow sidelined.

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) throws during organized team activities practice, Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.

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Bengals: No timetable for return of Joe Burrow (appendectomy)

There remains no timetable for the return of Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow as he continues to recover from an appendectomy earlier this week.

Bengals coach Zac Taylor didn’t seem overly concerned on Saturday about when Burrow would rejoin the team.

“I don’t have any timetable,” Taylor told reporters after practice. “We’re trying to give him some privacy and I’m sure he’ll be back in when he’s ready.”

Burrow, 25, reported to training camp on July 23 and took part in two days of on-field work. But he dealt with cramping during the workouts and on Tuesday, reports surfaced that the 25-year-old would undergo an appendectomy.

Cincinnati figures to proceed cautiously with Burrow once the third-year pro returns to camp. The preseason opener is Aug. 12 against the Arizona Cardinals but the real target is having Burrow completely healthy on Sept. 11 when the Bengals open the 2022 season against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Burrow had a huge season last year while leading the Bengals to the Super Bowl, in which they lost to the Los Angeles Rams. The NFL Comeback Player of the Year completed a league-high 70.4 percent of his passes while establishing franchise records of 4,611 passing yards and 34 touchdown passes. He was intercepted 14 times.

Burrow had his rookie season end after 10 games due to tearing the ACL and MCL in his left knee.

Backup Brandon Allen is receiving most of the quarterback workload with Burrow sidelined.

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) throws during organized team activities practice, Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.

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Report: Joe Burrow having appendix removed

Cincinnati Bengals star quarterback Joe Burrow is having surgery to remove his appendix, NFL Network reported Tuesday.

It’s unclear how much time Burrow will miss. The Bengals open training camp on Wednesday.

The 2021 NFL Comeback Player of the Year completed a league-best 70.4 percent of his passes for 4,611 yards, 34 touchdowns and 14 interceptions last season.

Burrow, 25, led the Bengals to the Super Bowl, where they lost to the Los Angeles Rams.

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Feb 11, 2022; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) and running back Joe Mixon (28) do a mock interview following media availabilty for Super Bowl LVI at Drake Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Going Camping: Cincinnati Bengals

The top of the AFC was a maddening jumble for much of last year, until the Cincinnati Bengals cut through the noise, rolled through the playoffs and made their first Super Bowl since the 1988 season.

Most of the band is back together for another run at glory, but the Bengals won’t be taking anyone by surprise this time around.

Training camp location: Cincinnati
Paul Brown Stadium
Rookie report date: July 23
Veteran report date: July 26

Key Acquisitions: OT La’el Collins, G Alex Cappa, C Ted Karras, TE Hayden Hurst, CB Eli Apple
Key Losses: TE C.J. Uzomah

The Bengals didn’t go spend or trade crazy, opting instead to try to keep the previous roster mostly intact. At first glance, that seems prudent given the team is fresh off a Super Bowl appearance. On the other hand, now might be the time to slide all the chips into the center of the table. At least the Bengals addressed their offensive line, which is something that absolutely had to happen, so they deserve a fair amount of credit for that.

Duke Tobin brought in three solid contributors in La’el Collins (three years, $21 million), Alex Cappa (four years, $35 million) and Ted Karras (three years, $18 million).

Will Karras be up to the job of starting regularly? Will Collins be healthy? The point is there are still questions there, and the offensive line will be
a likely culprit if Cincinnati takes a step back.

But it’s also hard to fault the team for attempting to surround Joe Burrow with more protection, especially when it comes in the form of three players with
extensive starting experience. The team addressed a different position group through the draft, selecting defensive backs Dax Hill, Cam Taylor-Britt and Tycen Anderson to go along with the re-signing of Eli Apple (one year, $3.75 million).

–WEEK 1 IN FOCUS:
Steelers at Bengals, 1 p.m. ET
Line: Bengals -6.5 (FanDuel)
Total: 44.5 points

What used to be a good-old-fashioned Steeler stomping has turned the other way, as evidenced by FanDuel’s line. Cincinnati gets to host Pittsburgh’s first game of the post-Ben Roethlisberger era, but the question remains whether Kenny Pickett or Mitch Trubisky will start under center.

–BURROWING FOR SAFETY

A few dark horses like the Raiders’ Derek Carr and the Cowboys’ Dak Prescott could lead the NFL in passing yards, but don’t count out Joe Burrow (+1200 at DraftKings) either. Burrow sat out the season finale and was sixth in total yards last season but first in yards per attempt at 8.9, with receiver Ja’Marr Chase’s game-breaking YAC ability a major factor.

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Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle La'el Collins (71) and offensive guard Alex Cappa (66) wait their turn for a drill during practice, Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at the Paul Brown Stadium practice fields in Cincinnati.

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Bengals put Alex Cappa on PUP list, La’el Collins on NFI list

The Cincinnati Bengals placed guard Alex Cappa on the active/physically unable to perform list Saturday and tackle La’el Collins on the non-football injury list.

Both players were signed this offseason to help the Bengals’ struggling offensive line protect franchise quarterback Joe Burrow.

Also on Saturday, the Bengals put linebacker Joe Bachie, defensive end Khalid Kareem, running back Samaje Perine and safety Brandon Wilson on the PUP list.

Cappa, 27, signed a four-year, $35 million contract in May.

Cappa, who is nursing an undisclosed injury, was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He started 46 of 52 games in which he played for Tampa Bay.

Collins, who turns 29 on Tuesday, signed a three-year, $21 million contract in March.

He has played guard and tackle for the Dallas Cowboys and appeared in 12 games last season. He missed the 2020 season with a hip injury that required surgery but started all but one game the previous three seasons.

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Feb 8, 2022; Inglewood, CA, USA; A Cincinnati Bengals helmet is seen with the Super Bowl LVI numerals at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals unveil white alternate helmet

The Cincinnati Bengals revealed an alternate white helmet with black tiger stripes on Friday.

The defending AFC champions teased a new look earlier this month, provided they receive 10,000 likes from their fans on Twitter.

On Friday, the Bengals honored their word with a 10-second video.

The Bengals did not announce the games in which they will wear their alternate helmets.

The New Orleans Saints, Washington Commanders, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans and New York Jets are among the other teams that have revealed new alternate helmets during this offseason. The Dallas Cowboys are bringing back their white helmets as well.

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Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) puts his helmet on between drills during organized team activities practice, Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.

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Bengals’ Ja’Marr Chase: ‘Extra motivation’ after Madden rating

Cincinnati Bengals wideout Ja’Marr Chase elected to take the high road after receiving what could be construed as a relatively low rating in Madden NFL 23.

Chase was listed with an 87 rating, tying him for 18th overall alongside new Philadelphia Eagles wideout A.J. Brown and Houston Texans slot receiver Brandin Cooks.

“i’m going keep working. Extra motivation,” Chase posted on Twitter.

Chase, 22, received Offensive Rookie of the Year honors and a Pro Bowl selection after recording 81 receptions for 1,455 yards and 13 touchdowns in 17 games last season. He was taken by the Bengals with the fifth overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Davante Adams of the Las Vegas Raiders was listed first with a 99 rating. Los Angeles Rams star Cooper Kupp (98), Miami Dolphins offseason acquisition Tyreek Hill (97), Arizona Cardinals wideout DeAndre Hopkins (96) and Buffalo Bills star Stefon Diggs (95) rounded out the top five in the video game.

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