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NFL notebook: Bengals’ win streak snapped in OT loss

Associated Press

Miami rookie defensive lineman Cameron Wake sacked Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton in the end zone late in overtime to lift the host Dolphins to a 22-20 victory that ends a four-game losing streak. It was the third time in NFL history an overtime game ended on a safety.

The Dolphins took a 17-3 lead on Brent Grimes’ 94-yard interception return midway through the third quarter.

The Bengals (6-2), who were riding a four-game winning streak, came back behind touchdown runs by Giovani Bernard of 3 and 35 yards to tie the score and then went ahead 20-17 on Mike Nugent’s 54-yard field goal with 1:29 to play.

Former GlenOak standout Brian Hartline had two crucial catches on Ryan Tannehill passes to help the Dolphins (3-4) move into field-goal range, and Caleb Sturgis hit from 44 yards with 16 seconds left to send the game into overtime.

49ers star posts bail

All-Pro 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith turned himself in to Santa Clara County authorities this week, then immediately posted $75,000 bail.

Santa Clara County district attorney’s spokesman Sean Webby confirmed Thursday that Smith had surrendered and posted bail late Tuesday, an expected move after he was charged Oct. 9 with three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon, stemming from a party at his home in June 2012.

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said on his weekly radio show with 95.7 The Game that Smith met with 49ers officials Wednesday at team headquarters. General Manager Trent Baalke said last week in London that Smith would have to show “progress” to play again this year.

Smith will be due in court twice — Nov. 12 and Nov. 19 — to face DUI and weapons charges.

Lewis sits out practice

Buffalo Bills quarterback Thad Lewis missed his second consecutive practice on Thursday and remains questionable for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Bills coach Doug Marrone reiterated Lewis has a “50-50” chance of playing after bruising his ribs in Sunday’s loss to the Saints.

If Lewis is unable to play, the Bills (3-5) will start either undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel or newly signed free-agent Matt Flynn against Kansas City (8-0).

Around the league

New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes and tight end Jeff Cumberland sat out practice for the second day in a row, and could miss the team’s game Sunday. Outside linebacker Jarret Johnson, who missed two games with an injured hamstring, is expected to play Sunday when the Chargers put a two-game winning streak on the line against the Redskins.

Meriweather apologizes

Brandon Meriweather issued an apology by proxy Thursday, with the head of the NFL players’ union releasing a statement saying that the Washington Redskins safety is “sorry” over comments made about targeting opponents’ knees.

“I spoke to Brandon,” NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith said in the statement. “He is passionate about the game, and I know he is sorry for what he said.”

Meriweather has been sanctioned twice by the league this season for illegal hits targeting the helmet and neck of defenseless receivers.


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