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Even if he sits Thursday night at Jacksonville, Laurinaitis said there’s no doubt he’ll be ready for the opener Sept. 11 against Philadelphia.

Around the league

BENGALS: Cincinnati running back Cedric Benson began serving a 20-day jail term in Texas to settle two misdemeanor assault cases…. Left tackle Andrew Whitworth agreed to a two-year contract extension through the 2015 season.

GIANTS: New York quarterback Eli Manning sees his dismal preseason statistics and isn’t concerned. He has not had success playing behind a revamped offensive line, and without departed wide receiver Steve Smith and tight end Kevin Boss. He has completed just more than 49 percent of his passes, has not thrown a touchdown and tossed two interceptions.