- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 31, 2012

CINCINNATI — Bengals coach Marvin Lewis has received a two-year contract extension through the 2014 season, extending the longest coaching tenure in franchise history.

Lewis is entering his 10th season as head coach, a club record. The Bengals are 69-74-1 under Lewis with three winning records in his nine seasons. They’re 0-3 in the playoffs.

Lewis played out his contract during the 2009 season, then accepted a two-year extension after two days of discussions with owner Mike Brown. The Bengals reached the playoffs last season as a wild card, going 9-7 before losing to Houston in the first round. He was entering the last year on that two-year deal.

Lewis is third in the NFL in current tenure with one team, behind Philadelphia’s Andy Reid and New England’s Bill Belichick.

Bengals’ Shipley can practice

CINCINNATI — Bengals receiver Jordan Shipley has been cleared to practice, the final step in his comeback from reconstructive knee surgery.

Shipley tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on Sept. 18. He was limited during drills in the offseason and wasn’t allowed to practice when training camp opened Friday.

He practiced for the first time on Monday, along with cornerback Nate Clements, who started all but one game last season. Clements has been bothered by an abdominal strain.

Seahawks sign WR Edwards

RENTON, Wash. — The Seahawks signed veteran wide receiver Braylon Edwards, adding another experienced pass catcher to the training camp competition for the No. 2 receiver spot.

Edwards, 29, played in nine games last season for San Francisco. He caught 15 passes for 181 yards and no touchdowns during an injury-plagued year that saw him released by the 49ers in December. Two seasons ago with the New York Jets, Edwards had 53 catches for 904 yards and seven touchdowns.

Walden suspended for season opener

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The NFL suspended Green Bay Packers linebacker Erik Walden for the regular-season opener for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. Walden will not be paid for the Sept. 9 game against San Francisco.

In February, Walden reached a deferred judgment agreement to resolve a disorderly conduct-domestic abuse charge without pleading guilty. Walden spent last Thanksgiving weekend in jail after a dispute with his girlfriend. He agreed to perform 50 hours of community service and continue counseling.

The fifth-year veteran was re-signed in April after starting 15 games last season, finishing with three sacks and a fumble recovery that he returned for a touchdown.

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