Bengals release QB Jordan Palmer

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“Once I got drafted here, he set up some of the workouts and things like that, so my first introduction to the team was through him,” Dalton said, after practice on Saturday. “He’s helped me out. He’s been around for a while. I hate to see him go.”

During three preseason games, he got to throw only four passes _ fewest among the four quarterbacks in camp. Dan LeFevour, the No. 3 quarterback last season, got more throws than Palmer.

Gradkowski had the advantage of playing for Gruden in Tampa Bay, but struggled while playing with mostly reserves during the three preseason games. He has completed 57 percent in the preseason with one interception, no touchdowns and a passer rating of only 56.8.

Notes: RB Cedric Benson has been excused from practice. He’s scheduled to go on trial Monday in Austin, Texas, on misdemeanor assault charges from a 2010 altercation outside a bar. Benson faces up to a year in jail if convicted. … Lewis said that CB Adam “Pacman” Jones isn’t expected to fully practice with the team next week. Jones is recovering from neck surgery and hasn’t been allowed to participate in contact drills.

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