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Bengals back-up offensive lineman Christian Westerman has been placed on the team's exempt/left squad list, it announced Friday evening. Westerman, a former fifth-round pick who is in the running for a starting guard spot, did not play in the team's preseason game at Washington on Saturday. The Bengals' radio broadcast said Westerman was mulling a potential retirement. Should he leave the game, he would be the second Cincinnati lineman to retire for non-health related reasons. Kent Perkins was waived by the team on Tuesday after he informed the Bengals he intended to retire. The Westerman move frees up a roster spot for Cincinnati. Westerman is eligible to be taken off the exempt list at any time.

Nicholson picks off Dalton for 96-yard TD (0:33)
Erickson takes off for 75-yard TD on punt return (0:42)
Finley throws first two NFL touchdowns (0:36)
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Haskins up and down, Finley strong as Bengals beat Redskins

Washington first-round pick Dwayne Haskins made strong throws and his share of mistakes, and fellow rookie Ryan Finley continued to make his case to be Cincinnati's backup quarterback in the Bengals' 23-13 victory over the Redskins on Thursday night...

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Halftime: Washington leads Cincinnati 13-6 at the break. After a rough start to the game, Bengals rookie QB Ryan Finley gave the team something to be happy about. The fourth-round pick went 14-of-17 passing for 107 yards and a touchdown accounting for all of Cincinnati's points so far. But for the second straight week, the Bengals have committed a slew of penalties and allowed some big plays, including a 55-yard TD pass by Washington rookie Dwayne Haskins.

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The Bengals have signed rookie DT Dare Odeyingbo. The undrafted free agent out of Vanderbilt was waived by Tampa Bay after its preseason opener.

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Bengals officially waive OT Kent Perkins. ‬The reserve informed the team that he intends to retire. Perkins spent all but one game last season on Cincinnati's practice squad. The lineman's lone career game came in 2017 against Baltimore. He signed with the Bengals as an undrafted free agent in ‘17 after four years at Texas.

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Bengals running backs Joe Mixon and Giovanni Bernard will be available for Thursday's preseason game against Washington, according to coach Zac Taylor. Both tailbacks were held out of last week's game against Kansas City for precautionary reasons. Mixon and Bernard have practiced this week. Taylor said the staff has yet to make decisions on TE Tyler Eifert, DT Geno Atkins. LB Carl Lawson will be out but is expected to return to the field for the Bengals' third preseason game.

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Bengals rookie quarterback Ryan Finley ran with the second-string offense on Monday, a role he will continue to have throughout the week. Coach Zac Taylor said having Finley run with the second unit was always going to be important when making the evaluation on the fourth-round pick out of North Carolina State. Finley was 13-of-18 passing for 109 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the preseason opener against Kansas City. Jeff Driskel, who has worked with the primary back-ups so far in training camp, will likely see some special teams work on Tuesday. However, Taylor said the No. 2 quarterback slot is still up for grabs. "It's still a competition, an ongoing competition," Taylor said. "We just want to make sure we utilize everyone's skill set to the best of their abilities."

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It appears Bengals RB Joe Mixon will practice today. Mixon was held out of practice late last week and did not play in the preseason opener against Kansas City because of precautionary reasons.

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Bengals offensive guard Alex Redmond has been cleared to return to practice, the team announced Sunday. Redmond started training camp on the team's physically unable to perform list. Redmond is suspended for the first four games of the season for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. The former UCLA standout reportedly signed a one-year contract extension this offseason and is set to become a free agent in 2020.

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Mahomes sharp as Chiefs rout Bengals in preseason opener

Patrick Mahomes picked up where he left off from his record-breaking debut as a starter, marching the Kansas City Chiefs downfield for a first-quarter touchdown in what became a 38-17 preseason victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday night.

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Halftime: Kansas City leads Cincinnati 17-7 in the preseason opener for both teams. The Bengals' backups have struggled to move the ball and the Chiefs' have racked up big offensive plays against Cincy's reserves. Cincinnati's offensive line struggled at times in the first half. Left guard John Jerry was whistled for two holding penalties and the backups gave up two sacks on the last drive of the half. That will be a unit to watch in the second half.

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VIDEO: Bengals coach Zac Taylor called the recent shooting in Dayton "terrifying." The team opened this year's training camp in Dayton, which is roughly one hour north of Cincinnati. Taylor was with the L.A. Rams last year when a man killed 12 at a bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

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Bengals coach Zac Taylor said Carl Lawson, Geno Atkins, Giovanni Bernard, Joe Mixon, Tyler Eifert, Rodney Anderson and John Ross will not play in the preseason opener on Saturday against Kansas City. Taylor said Bernard and Mixon, who didn't practice earlier this week, could play if necessary. Ross, who is dealing with a hamstring issue, appears to be the only injury-related absence.

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