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Around the NFL: Bengals fire OC after 0-2 start, just like Bills last year

Here's a look at stories from around the league on Friday, Sept. 15.

1. The Bengals fired offensive coordinator Ken Zampese.

The Bengals fired their offensive coordinator after losing Thursday night for the second time in four days. The move is similar to the one the Bills made last year, firing Greg Roman after losing their Week Two Thursday night game to the Jets.

The Bengals, however, haven't even mustered a touchdown in their first two games, losing to the Ravens 20-0 and the Texans 13-9.

A league source told ProFootballTalk that coach Marvin Lewis had no choice but to fire Zampese after a "near mutiny" from players. Lewis said after Thursday's game that Andy Dalton would remain the starting quarterback.

2. Richard Sherman is questionable for the Seahawks.

Star cornerback Richard Sherman (hamstring) will be a game-time decision for the Seahawks, although coach Pete Carroll's comments in the Seattle Times make it seem like Sherman will play.

Sherman hasn't missed a game in his seven-year career. His absence would be huge for the 49ers, who are expected to struggle to move the ball against the vaunted Seattle defense. The game line has the 49ers as 14-point underdogs.

3. The NFL filed for an emergency motion for stay in the case against Ezekiel Elliot. 

Elliot, the Cowboys star running back, won a court decision earlier this month to have his six-game suspension thrown out. The NFL made its next move Friday, seeking an emergency motion to restore the punishment.

The league reportedly asked for a ruling no later than Sept. 26. If granted, Elliot's suspension could begin Week Four.

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4. Aaron Donald will make his season debut this week. 

Donald, the all-pro defensive tackle who skipped training camp due to a contract holdout and didn't report in time to be ready for Week One, is set make his season debut Sunday against Washington.

Donald will be on a "pitch count," defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said, via the L.A. Times. He only has three practices with the team this year.

The Rams didn't miss Donald much in Week One, battering Colts fill-in Scott Tolzien in a 46-9 rout.

Elsewhere on the Rams, injuries could push former Bills CB Nickell Robey-Coleman into a starting role this week, the Times wrote.

5. Donald Penn finally got his deal. 

Penn, the Raiders' left tackle, signed a two-year, $21 million extension Friday. He held out of training camp in hope of a new deal.

"I can just enjoy my teammates, enjoy everything, enjoy the process and just focus on football because it was a lot of doubt and I didn’t want to hit free agency again," Penn said. "That was the one thing I tried to make sure.”

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