Bengals lead Steelers 7-3 after 1st quarter


Bengals lead Steelers 7-3 after 1st quarter

CINCINNATI (AP) BenJarvus Green-Ellis got Cincinnati's running game going and led the Bengals on a touchdown drive for a 7-3 lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers after the first quarter on Sunday night.

Green-Ellis carried eight times for 44 yards on the Bengals' first possession, converting a third down and a fourth-and-1 to keep the 80-yard drive alive. Cedric Peerman carried the final 5 yards against the NFL's fifth-ranked defense.

It was a breakout drive for the Bengals, who haven't been able to get anything consistently on the ground this season.

Both teams needed a win to stay close to AFC North leader Baltimore (5-2, which lost 43-13 at Houston earlier Sunday. The Steelers and Bengals both came in with three losses.

The Steelers were in a bad way with injuries that cost them their top running backs and two offensive linemen. The NLF's 31st-ranked running game was missing Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman, as well as center Maurkice Pouncey and right tackle Marcus Gilbert. Rookie Mike Adams made his first start in Gilbert's spot.

Plus, safety Troy Polamalu was inactive for the fourth time in the last five games with a calf injury.

That put a lot on Ben Roethlisberger, who usually does well in his home state - 14-2 all-time in Cleveland and Cincinnati - but has rarely been so short-handed. He completed his first three passes in a game-opening drive that ended when Mike Wallace dropped a perfect third-down throw inside the Cincinnati 15-yard line. Shaun Suisham's 42-yard field goal made it 3-0.

The Steelers compensated for their depleted running game by throwing short receiver screens and running a reverse with Wallace. Jonathan Dwyer started at running back and had 8 yards on two carries in the drive.

For the Bengals, it was a chance to show they can finally match up against the division's best. They lost to Baltimore 44-13 in the season opener on Monday Night Football, leaving them 0-5 the last two seasons against the Ravens and Steelers.

Like the Steelers, the Bengals have struggled to run the ball, but came out committed to getting Green-Ellis going. He had carries of 12 and 14 yards to get the drive going. Coach Marvin Lewis went for it on fourth-and-1 from the Steelers 21, and Green-Ellis got a yard up the middle.

Cincinnati also got a break on the drive when Andy Dalton's pass went off the hands of A.J. Green and deflected off two Steelers defenders before falling incomplete, avoiding an interception.


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After releasing Martez Carter the Redskins are thin at running back

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After releasing Martez Carter the Redskins are thin at running back

The Redskins are very thin at running back right now. 

Today at practice the Redskins had three running backs on the field. Rob Kelley and Kapri Bibbs are fully healthy while Chris Thompson is limited as he recovers from a broken leg he suffered last November. 

Injuries have hit the depth at running back. The most recent casualty was Martez Carter, who was waived with an injury designation. 

The move was surprising since Carter had some good runs against the Jets during their preseason game on Thursday and he did not appear to be injured during the game. 

Coach Jay Gruden did not offer any more details as to what the injury to Carter was, only that he is no longer with the team. 

Also sidelined with lower leg injuries are Samaje Perine and Byron Marshall. According to media reports, Perine will be out one week and Marshall for two to four. Gruden would not confirm the timelines, saying only that they are undergoing treatment and the timetable for their returns in unknown. 

The Redskins will bring in some running backs to try out on Sunday. They will need at least one and probably two in order to get through the upcoming preseason game against the Broncos on Friday. 

In other personnel moves, the Redskins waived linebacker Jeff Knox and defensive end Jalen Wilkerson and signed offensive tackle Kendall Calhoun, defensive back Darius Hillary, and wide receiver Allenzae Staggers. 

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Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

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Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

After lifting the Stanley Cup just over two months ago, something else very exciting has happened in Alex Ovechkin's life.

Saturday morning, Nastya and Alex Ovechkin welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Sergei, after Ovechkin's late brother. 

Ovi spent this week practicing at the Florida Panthers' facilities with other NHL players living in the surrounding area.

After the Cup's visit to Moscow, Nastya and Alex settled down at their apartment in Miami, staying put and preparing for the birth. 

The couple were married two years ago but didn't hold an official ceremony until July of last year. The celebration was as lavish as you'd expect.

She revealed her pregnancy shortly after the Cup victory, and has kept us up to date on life this summer via Instagram. A few weeks ago, the Ovechkins graced HELLO! Russia magazine, showing off Nastya's baby bump among their glamour shots.

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Congratulations to Ovi and Nastya, and all our best wishes for health and happiness!