Bengals QB not letting go

Now that Andy Dalton has the starting quarterback job with the Bengals, he's not going to let...

Now that Andy Dalton has the starting quarterback job with the Bengals, he's not going to let something like an arm injury separate him from it. (Getty Images)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:37 AM ET

TORONTO - The Bengals ruined a ton of survivor pools by knocking off state rival Cleveland last week.

Bruce Gradkowski led Cincinnati to that somewhat surprising victory, but rookie Andy Dalton has recovered from an injury suffered during the game and will regain his starting spot.

The quarterback hurt his arm when he was hit on a pass attempt, knocking him out for the second half.

Dalton completed 10-of-15 passes, one for a touchdown, in his NFL debut after thrilling the Bengals with his play in the pre-season.

Former Cincinnati star quarterback Carson Palmer did not report to the team when his trade request was refused.

Dalton is still feeling pain and was unable to even throw the ball as late as Wednesday, but apparently doesn’t want to give Gradkowski a chance to take his job.

He was able to make it through a full practice on Friday and his coach said he was fine.

Gradkowski is just 6-14 as a starter, but led the Bengals to victory even though they trailed by a point when he entered the game.

OCHOCINCO KEEPS A LID ON IT

Chad Ochocinco isn’t about to get into a war of words with former Patriot Tedy Bruschi.

Ochocinco had recently tweeted that he was “blown away” by New England’s offence, to which Bruschi responded: “Stop tweeting and get in your playbook,” before adding on Sportscenter that he thought a fan or media member, or admirer of the Patriots, could get away with saying what Ochocinco did, but not a player.

On Friday, the wide receiver replied: “I love Tedy,” but opted to point to his playbook rather than say anything further.

The formerly outspoken Ochocinco appears to have muzzled himself the past year or so.

He was a non-factor in Tom Brady’s offensive explosion in Week 1, leading to his tweets about seeing a machine in action.

Ochocinco indicated that he would not be saying any more until he masters New England’s offence.

Which will be fine with Bruschi.

NO WAY TO SPEAK TO YOUR ELDERS

Week 5’s New York Jets-New England Patriots matchup was always going to be extremely hyped-up.

But we’re already talking about it now?

Apparently so. An NFL Network documentary on Patriots coach Bill Belichick showed an old clip of the coach yelling obscenities at Jets wide receiver Derrick Mason, then a member of the Baltimore Ravens.

"Oh, f--- you Mason. Just f--- you," Belichick said after the receiver jawed at him.

"Why don't we talk after the game, all right? Just shut the f--- up."

Mason fired back at Belichick on Friday, after noting he holds him in high regard.

"I respect him because he's a very good head coach," Mason said earlier in the day. "They won a bunch of games during those times, when they were allegedly, you know ... They won a bunch of games."

Mason most likely was talking about Spygate, where the Patriots got in trouble for illegally taping a Jets practice.

"But, nah, I respect coach, he's a good coach," Mason said. "But I will see him out there."

Later though, Mason took things further on Twitter:

“He might As well called me boy! Lol total Disrespect,” Mason tweeted. “Had I said that to him, everyone would have been in a uproar! I have to much respect for the game to speck to a coach in that manner!”

However, if you watch the video, Mason’s the one who went up to the coach and said something first.

WHO'S THAT TALKING?

Last week, Darrelle Revis showed the Dallas Cowboys why some think he’s the NFL’s best cornerback with a crucial interception in a Jets win.

Most wide receivers would leave him alone and let their play do the talking against Revis.

Not Jacksonville’s Jason Hill. Hill recently said Revis was “overhyped” largely because he plays in New York.

“This is a game full of good players making plays. He just made a lot more plays on TV than we’ve made being here in Jacksonville,” Hill said. “It’s just the aura of New York.”

Revis didn’t think much of the criticism.

"I don’t even know who that dude is. What’s his name again? I have no clue,” Revis told the Newark Star-Ledger. “I don’t care what he says, I don’t know him. He don’t know me, he don’t know the Jets, so he’ll find out on Sunday.”

Revis might not be able to find out on Sunday, however, as Hill is doubtful because of a hip injury.

The Jets and head coach Rex Ryan have been trash-talking kings over the years, so its nice to see opponents firing back.

Even if, in this case, the dissing doesn’t really hold much water.


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