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NFL notebook: Giovani Bernard, Bengals outrun Steelers 20-10

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Running back Giovani Bernard scored his first two NFL touchdowns, one of them on a short pass that he turned into a 27-yard score, and the Cincinnati Bengals beat Pittsburgh 20-10 on Monday night, extending the Steelers’ early-season misery.

The second-round draft pick had a 7-yard touchdown run in the first half before turning a short pass from Andy Dalton into a third-quarter score — a preview of what the Bengals (1-1) could become with a pass-catching threat out of the backfield.

First-round pick Tyler Eifert also had a big play, making a 61-yard catch that set up Bernard’s touchdown run.

The Steelers fell to 0-2 for the first time since 2002. An injury-depleted offense couldn’t put drives together consistently, allowing the Bengals to wear down their defense.

Bucs’ Goldson penalized

Hard-hitting Tampa Bay safety Dashon Goldson has been suspended for one game for flagrant and repeat violations of NFL safety rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players.

Goldson was penalized for unnecessary roughness in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against New Orleans for making direct, helmet-to-helmet contact with a defenseless receiver, Darren Sproles.

The suspension was imposed Monday by NFL vice president of football operations Merton Hanks. Goldson can’t practice this week nor play in the Buccaneers’ game on Sunday against New England.

He can return to football activities with the team next Monday.

The violation was Goldson’s fifth for unnecessary roughness since 2011 and his second in the first two weeks of the 2013 season.

Goldson was fined $30,000 last week for striking a defenseless player, Jeff Cumberland, in the head and neck area against the New York Jets.

Under the collective bargaining agreement, Goldson has three days to appeal and request an expedited hearing and decision.

Clady may miss game

The Denver Broncos might not have to wait long to see if Chris Clark is worth every penny of the two-year contract extension he signed Monday — he could be protecting Peyton Manning’s blindside this weekend.

All-Pro left tackle Ryan Clady hurt his left foot in the waning minutes of the Denver Broncos’ 41-23 win over the New York Giants on Sunday, and there’s a possibility he could miss a game for the first time in his six-year NFL career.

Coach John Fox said Monday the team was still evaluating Clady’s “left foot sprain,” and he declined to address an ESPN report that the three-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro was expected to miss some time with a Lisfranc sprain.

A Lisfranc sprain is an injury to the ligament that holds the first two toes in place and usually requires long and arduous rehab with no guarantee of success.

49ers’ Williams out

San Francisco nose tackle Ian Williams is expected to be sidelined for the remainder of the season with a broken left ankle. He was undergoing surgery Monday.

Williams was injured in the first quarter of his first career start during the 49ers’ 29-3 loss Sunday night at Seattle. The third-year pro earned the job as the replacement for the departed Isaac Sopoaga with a strong offseason and training camp.


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