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BENGALS PICKED BY HBO
HBO Sports, NFL Films and the Bengals announced the Bengals will be the subject of HBO's Hard Knocks reality series featuring the Bengals at training camp this season. “This is a fascinating team,” NFL Films president Steve Sabol said during his press conference on Thursday at Paul Brown Stadium. “They’ve got a lot to prove to themselves and to the fans. As Coach Lewis has said, ‘This is a team with a chip on their shoulder.’ Training camp is a laboratory of human emotions and the Bengals have a compelling mix of personalities that should make for dramatic television.”
WILLIE CALLS IT QUITS
The Ravens placed OT Willie Anderson on the reserve/retired list. The former Bengals' right tackle is now 34 and reportedly couldn't shake his injury troubles. Baltimore drafted Michael Oher to take his place and that led to the decision. A four-time Pro Bowler for the Bengals, Anderson retires after 14 seasons. He did not miss a start between 2000 and 2006. Anderson lost his pass-protection skills late in his career, but helped Baltimore rank fourth in the NFL in rushing as an 11-game starter last year. His veteran presence was a big boost for the team in their run to the AFC Championship game last year.
LYNCH TO APPEAL SUSPENSION
NFL Network reports that Marshawn Lynch formally appealed the NFL's three-game suspension Thursday for violating the personal conduct policy. As a repeat offender it remains to be seen if the suspension will be reduced or not. Clearly Lynch thought there is a chance or he wouldn't have wasted his time or money. However, it will be some time before an official decision is made.
BOLDIN WILLING TO TAKE LESS
Receiver Anquan Boldin's agent has made a contract proposal to the Cardinals, but it's questionable how interested the team is in entering negotiations at this time. Agent Drew Rosenhaus said, contrary to speculation, Boldin is not seeking a deal worth $10 million a year, which is what teammate Larry Fitzgerald is receiving. The recent offer is for less, Rosenhaus said. It is believed to be in the ballpark of $10 million per season, according to the Arizona Republic.
FAVRE CONSULTS DR. ANDREWS
Quarterback Brett Favre consulted renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews regarding options for healing the partially torn biceps tendon in his throwing shoulder this week, according to ESPN.com. We're headed toward a long spring and summer of following Brett Favre's ultimate decision and whether his shoulder injury allows him to get back on the field. The development further indicates Favre's willingness to consider coming out of retirement to sign with the Minnesota Vikings, particularly if there is a non-surgical solution to his damaged shoulder.
THOMAS WANTS TO BE THE GUY
Despite much talk to the contrary, the Saints did not add a running back in the draft or free agency. There was speculation that the franchise was not sold on Pierre Thomas shouldering a bulk of the workload with Reggie Bush. Thomas addressed the issues on Sirrius radio earlier this week. "I really want to show them I can be that big back they want," Thomas said. "I'm not preparing myself enough until [critics] say the Saints have their running back. I have to keep trying. ... I have to make [coach Sean Payton] say 'Pierre's the guy.'"
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