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Bengals Agree to New Contract With WR/KR Brandon Tate

Football Texture/iStockphoto(CINCINNATI) -- The Cincinnati Bengals agreed to a new deal with wide receiver and kick returner Brandon Tate on Wednesday. His previous contract expired on March 10.

“Brandon has been a big contributor to the success of our team in qualifying for the playoffs the past four seasons,” Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said in a statement. “We are happy he has decided to remain a Bengal.”

In 16 games last season, Tate had 17 receptions for 193 yards and one touchdown. On kickoffs, he amassed 397 yards on 18 attempts, while on punt returns he had 174 yards on 18 tries.

Tate was originally selected by the New England Patriots out of North Carolina in the third round of the 2009 NFL draft.

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Devon Still Resigns with Bengals

Cindy Ord/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Defensive tackle Devon Still resigned with the Bengals on Thursday.

Still and his daughter Leah were one of the great stories in the NFL last season.

The Bengals signed Still to their practice squad so he could afford Leah's treatment for her Stage 4 neuroblastoma and the team made jersey's that raised money as well.  

Many former and current players and coaches bought jerseys and sent messages to Leah.

"It's great to have Devon back with us," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said in a statement. "We know it has been a very difficult journey for him the last year. Devon remains focused on Leah's recovery and on furthering his NFL career, and we're excited to be able to provide that opportunity."

Doctors originally said Leah had a 50-50 chance of living, but Still announced on Instagram Tuesday that doctors didn't "see any active disease" in her body.

Still played 12 games last season and was side by side with Leah throughout her treatments.

"Now that it looks like things are headed on the right path, I'm ready to go back and play football," Still said in the team's statement.

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Michael Johnson Re-Joins Bengals

David Lee/Thinkstock(CINCINNATI, Oh.) -- After a single-season stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, defensive end Michael Johnson has re-signed with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Johnson, 28, spent the first five seasons of his career with the Bengals after being drafted in the third-round out of Georgia Tech. He amassed 26.5 sacks over 79 games and was one of the hot free agents last season.

The Buccaneers awarded Johnson a five-year, $43 million contract in hopes that he would sharpen Tampa Bay's pass rush that included Gerald McCoy and Adrian Clayborn. 

Tampa Bay released Johnson after he struggled through an ankle injury and provided just four sacks. 

In an ironic twist, after losing Johnson to free agency, the Bengals were awarded a 2015 third-round compensatory pick for Johnson. Now they also have Johnson back in the fold.

Johnson was said to be torn between returning to the Bengals or joining the Minnesota Vikings and head coach Mike Zimmer -- who was the Bengals defensive coordinator until last season.

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Bengals Linebacker Vontaze Burfict Recovering from Microfracture Surgery

David Lee/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It is unknown when one of the NFL's top linebackers will see the field again as Vontaze Burfict of the Cincinnati Bengals is recovering from microfracture surgery.

Microfracture surgery is a procedure performed on knees that have suffered cartilage damage. It is viewed as a serious surgery that has derailed the careers of various athletes in other sports, including football.

Still, the surgeon who performed the procedure, Dr. Neal ElAttrache, is hopeful Burfict will be ready to go by training camp.

"I don't see any reason, if this thing heals like we want and we think it will, why he won't be back like he was," ElAttrache told the NFL Network. "Microfracture has a bad connotation, but there are plenty of guys who have come back and been able to play like before. But it's not really news when it works out."

Burfict was limited to just five games in 2014, but in 2013 he recorded an NFL-high 171 tackles.

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Bengals' Head Coach Marvin Lewis Hopes to Return Next Season

David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Marvin Lewis is one of the most successful coaches in the history of the Cincinnati Bengals franchise, but his future is in doubt after another playoff loss.

"Tomorrow's not promised for anyone," Lewis said. "That's part of life in the NFL and the finality of losing when you lose in the playoffs."

Lewis took over the team in 2003 when the franchise was among the worst in the NFL. Lewis made them among the best teams in the AFC.

Despite his success, including four-straight postseason appearances (a team record), Lewis is 0-6 in the playoffs.

On Sunday, Lewis joined Jim Mora, Steve Owen and Marty Schottenheimer as the only coaches with at least six consecutive postseason losses.

"The only way to do it is to at some point -- whoever it is, whatever it will be -- to go back to work, put their heads down and kick the door down," Lewis said about winning in the playoffs. "That's all you can do. There's no other words about it."

In 12 seasons, Lewis is 100-90-2 as the team's head coach. In the previous 12 seasons, the Bengals went 55-137.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 1/4/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL Wild Card Round: Indianapolis Colts 26 - Cincinnati Bengals 10 

Dallas Cowboys 24 - Detroit Lions 20 

NBA: Dallas Mavericks 109 (25-10) - Cleveland Cavaliers 90 (19-15)

Miami Heat 88 (15-20) - Brooklyn Nets 84 (16-17)

Detroit Pistons 114 (10-23) - Sacramento Kings 95 (14-20)

Milwaukee Bucks 95 (18-17) - New York Knicks 82 (5-31)

Phoenix Suns 125 (20-16) - Toronto Raptors 109 (24-10)

Los Angeles Lakers 88 (11-23) - Indiana Pacers 87 (13-22)

NHL: Carolina Hurricanes 2 (12-23-4, 28pts) - Boston Bruins 1 (19-15-6, 44pts) - Shootout

Washington Capitals 4 (20-11-7, 47pts) - Florida Panthers 3 (17-11-9, 43pts)

Tampa Bay Lightning 4 (25-12-4, 54pts) - Ottawa Senators 2 (16-15-7, 39pts)

Columbus Blue Jackets 4 (17-17-3, 37pts) - Colorado Avalanche 3 (15-16-8, 38pts)

Chicago Blackhawks 5 (26-11-2, 54pts) - Dallas Stars 4 (18-14-6, 42pts) - Overtime

Anaheim Ducks 4 (26-9-6, 58pts) - Nashville Predators 3 (25-9-4, 54pts) - Shootout

Edmonton Oilers 5 (9-22-9, 27 pts) - New York Islanders 2 (26-12-1, 53 pts)

Top 25 Men's Basketball: (4) Wisconsin 81 (14-1) - Northwestern 58 (10-5)

(5) Louisville 85 (13-1) - Wake Forest 76 (8-7)

(8) Arizona 73 (13-1) - Arizona State 49 (8-6)

(10) Utah 71 (12-2) - UCLA 39 (8-9)

(13) Kansas 76 (11-2) - UNLV 61 (9-5)

(16) Wichita State 70 (12-2) - Illinois State 62 (8-6)

(23) Northern Iowa 67 (12-2) - Loyola (IL) 58 (11-3)

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Colts Stifle Bengals, 26-10, Headed to Denver

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The Indianapolis Colts are headed to Denver for a matchup with the Broncos after taking care of the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, 26-10 in the wild card round.

Colts running back Daniel Herron got them started with a two-yard touchdown run on their first possession of the game and quarterback Andrew Luck tossed a 36-yard touchdown pass to Donte Moncrief to give them a 19-10 lead with 7:48 left in the third quarter.

"I think you appreciate every win and you don't take it for granted," Luck said of the win.  "We're onto next week, the playoffs it's a different feel, you got to move on and you've got to keep that journey alive."

The Bengals have now dropped their last seven playoff games in a row and quarterback Andy Dalton joined the company of Y.A. Tittle to drop his first four playoff starts.

"I felt like we were ready to go," Dalton said.  "You know all the hard work that's been put in, you feel like you're prepared going into a game, again it falls by the waste side, it is tough from that standpoint."

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is now 0-6 in the playoffs.


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A.J. Green Out for Bengals Playoff Game

Tom Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS, In.) -- The Cincinnati Bengals will be without star wide receiver A.J. Green for Sunday's playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts.

The Bengals ruled Green out Saturday with a concussion that he suffered in the fourth quarter of Week 17's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

Cincinnati lost to Indianapolis 27-0 in Week 7 earlier this season.  Green missed that game as well. 

Green has struggled with injuries this season, missing four games due to a toe injury and was limited in a game against Denver with an arm injury.

In spite of this he led the Bengals with 69 catches, 1,041 receiving yards and six touchdowns.

This is Cincinnati’s fourth straight appearance in the Wild Card Playoffs, but they have lost the last three.

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Bengals A.J. Green Doubtful for Sunday's Playoff Game

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(CINCINNATI) -- After practicing on a limited basis Thursday, Cincinnati Bengals Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Green didn't practice at all Friday morning.

Green is listed as doubtful on the Bengals' injury report for the team's upcoming playoff game in Indianapolis Sunday.

Green endured a concussion during the team's loss last Sunday night to Pittsburgh.

Green will have to pass the NFL's concussion protocol in order to play Sunday. As of Friday he still hasn't been cleared.

"I can't concern myself about it," Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said. "Just when he gets cleared, he'll be out there ready to go, full speed and playing."

Green has played in 13 games this season, totaling 69 catches for 1,041 yards and six touchdowns.

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Bengals Want to End Playoff Losing Streak

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(CINCINNATI) -- The Cincinnati Bengals have dropped five straight playoff appearances since the 2005 season and will look to snap that streak on Sunday when they travel to Indianapolis.

The Bengals current signal caller, Andy Dalton, has lost three straight postseason games and is well aware of what they're going up against.

"It's not about one win," Dalton said this week. "We need to win to get everybody to stop talking about we haven't had a win in the playoffs."

"We're not playing for one win, the ultimate goal is to win the Super Bowl," Dalton continued.  "We've allowed ourselves that opportunity.  Obviously we get a win; they can't say we haven't won in the playoffs."

Cincinnati is 5-3 on the road.  The Colts are 6-2 at home. 

The Bengals last playoff victory came on Jan. 6, 1991 when Boomer Esiason was quarterback.

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