For the fourth consecutive week on Hard Knocks, we learned a valuable lesson about Bengals linebacker James Harrison. The lesson this week: Never arm-wrestle Harrison. Ever. Under any circumstance. Nothing good could possibly come out it.
If Harrison had been the star of Over the Top, the movie would've been over in 12 minutes and Harrison would've broken both of Sylvester Stallone's arms during production of the movie.
On that note, go find someone to give you an arm rub and lets get to the recap.
Always hug it out with the coach
Hard Knocks opened with offensive lineman Otis Hudson getting cut.
"We're not going to take you with us [to Dallas]. We're going to release you at the 75 cut," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis told Hudson. Lewis went in for a handshake after he cut Hudson, but Hudson decided he wanted to hug it out.
Lewis might get the occasional hug, but he admitted later in the show that cutting players is never easy, "The process of waiving players is a tough thing, it's the toughest thing the head coach kind of goes through," he said.
Another tough thing the head coach goes through is watching a player tear his ACL. Linebacker Brandon Joiner tore his ACL during Tuesday's episode and was lost for the season.
Beat Pittsburgh for the Peko kids
Defensive lineman Domata Peko, who's going into his eighth-year with the Bengals, has two sons and we were introduced to both of them on Tuesday and here's what we learned. Joseph, the younger son, has a favorite player -- dad -- and a second favorite player: Marvin Jones. Joseph is probably the only Bengals fan that has that one-two punch of favorite players.
There was also a fun line of questioning between Peko and his son Domata Jr.
Son: Dad, are you going to beat the Steelers this year?
Peko: Yes sir, that's the plan.
Son: Then are you going to make the Super Bowl? And then are you going to win it?
Peko: I want to get that ring.
Here's what they eat in Estonia
Just as we thought, everyone in Estonia eats HGH.
During a practice at a local high school, Estonian Margus Hunt started talking about hot dogs and nachos. That prompted a teammate to ask Hunt, "What kind of food you all eat over there?"
The 6-8, 280-pound Hunt replied, "Straight up growth hormone."
Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden wasn't too thrilled with the way the Bengals practiced during the episode and he let the team have it. You knew Gruden was mad because he used a cuss word and Mickey Mouse in the same sentence.
"Some of the [crap] that happened yesterday you wouldn't expect on the first day of rookie OTA's. We had three dropped snaps and a couple things that were my fault," Gruden said. "That is Mickey Mouse horse [crap] football right there and we all had our hand in it. Everybody had their hand in it and it can't happen for us to be as good as we want to be. Ever."
Good thing Gruden wasn't around in the '90's because the Bengals spent pretty much the entire decade playing Mickey Mouse horse [crap] football.
Don't arm-wrestle James Harrison
Remember that lesson we talked about at the top of the page, you know, the whole, 'never arm-wrestle James Harrison' thing. Linebacker Jordan Campbell decided to armwrestle James Harrison. Here's what happened, Campbell lost, but he still has both arms, so it wasn't a complete loss.
Also, Campbell was eventually cut. So now Campbell gets to be remembered as the guy who lost the arm-wrestling match to James Harrison on Hard Knocks.
Cowboys 24, Bengals 18
Highlight: The most exciting part of the Bengals 24-18 preseason loss to Dallas was when Cowboys punter Chris Jones hit the giant scoreboard in Dallas, "That's apart of football history," Marvin Lewis said. "It's only happened twice."
When the football hits the scoreboard, the rules call for a replay of the down and on the replay, Bengals punt returner Brandon Tate took the punt 75-yards to the house.
Quote of the day
Towards the end of the show, Marvin Lewis had to cut tight end Richard Quinn. After Lewis gave the Quinn the bad news, he complimented Quinn's ability to choose a spouse, "You outkicked your coverage with your wife," Lewis told Quinn.
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