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AJ McCarron couldn’t stop smiling, and it was only practice

When the Cincinnati hosts the Houston Texans on Sunday afternoon, quarterback AJ McCarron again will be on the Bengals’ sideline with a clipboard, out of uniform and unable to play for his NFL team. But this game will be different from the previous 10 for the rookie because, for this game, McCarron got to practice with his teammates.

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Alabama QB Blake Sims wraps up Western Carolina win, looks ahead to Iron Bowl

Blake Sims explains some of the early offensive issues against Western Carolina, answers questions about Auburn and the Iron Bowl.

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Would you trade Julio Jones for Johnny Manziel, Phil Taylor? Browns did

How about this NFL trade: Julio Jones for Johnny Manziel and Phil Taylor? You don’t need to debate the deal: It’s already been made – in 2011.

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Can Trent Richardson emulate Mark Ingram as NFL workhorse?

Can another former Alabama All-American deliver the same type of performance in a similar situation as Mark Ingram did for the New Orleans Saints over the past month? Trent Richardson and the Indianapolis Colts will start finding out against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

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Alabama Football vs. Western Carolina Postgame Notes

Postgame Notes

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Iron Bowl memories still fresh, Alabama may have had an eye on Auburn prematurely

Just about empty in the closing seconds, the beat echoed through Bryant-Denny Stadium. Jay Z’s 2009 hit “On To The Next One” held extra meaning Saturday night.

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Alabama QB Jacob Coker shows improvement in expanded role vs. Western Carolina

The Florida State transfer completed 12-of-18 passes for 115 yards and a touchdown.

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Western Carolina’s Mark Speir hopes Alabama wins national championship, shows remorse for injured players

Speir commended the Alabama program and said it started with the governor, Dr. Robert Bentley, and went all the way down to the highway patrolmen and “everybody involved with (Alabama football).”

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Alabama’s Reggie Ragland shifts focus to Iron Bowl, says ‘this game is circled on our calendar 365′

“It’s the biggest college rivalry in history,” Alabama’s junior linebacker says.

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Nick Saban wraps up an uneven homecoming game that improved in the later quarters

Watch Nick Saban wrap up the homecoming game against Western Carolina Saturday

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