Archive: Bengals

Bengals Also Cut W. Anderson

The Cincinnati Bengals have decided to release veteran offensive tackle Willie Anderson after he refused to accept a pay cut. Anderson was to have a salary of $3.15 million this season. The Bengals are going with Stacy Andrews as their starter at right tackle. The release of Anderson comes...

 

By Mark Maske | August 30, 2008; 04:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bengals Release R. Johnson

The Cincinnati Bengals released tailback Rudi Johnson. The Bengals tried but failed to trade Johnson, who lost the starting job at running back to Chris Perry. Johnson had two seasons remaining on a five-year, nearly $21 million contract....

 

By Mark Maske | August 30, 2008; 04:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

R. Johnson Expecting Trade

Tailback Rudi Johnson told reporters he believes a report that he's being shopped by the Cincinnati Bengals and he expects to be traded at any minute. ESPN reported that the Bengals are trying to trade Johnson for help at wide receiver. Coach Marvin Lewis refused to confirm or deny...

 

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2008; 08:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

C. Palmer Out of Bengals' Preseason Finale

The Cincinnati Bengals plan to withhold quarterback Carson Palmer from their preseason finale. He suffered a broken nose during Saturday night's game against the New Orleans Saints. The Bengals expect to have Palmer in the lineup for their opening regular season game at Baltimore....

 

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2008; 12:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

C. Palmer Has Broken Nose

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer suffered a broken nose during Saturday night's preseason game against the New Orleans Saints. Palmer left the field in the final seconds of the first half with blood coming from his nose. He didn't play in the second half. According to the Bengals, Palmer...

 

By Mark Maske | August 24, 2008; 11:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Henry Owes Latest Chance to Bengals Owner

Coach Marvin Lewis said at an evening news conference that Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown made the decision to give wide receiver Chris Henry another chance with the team. "I obviously know that at the end of the day, that the owner has the final say-so on whether or...

 

By Mark Maske | August 19, 2008; 09:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Henry Signing With Bengals Is Official

The Cincinnati Bengals completed their re-signing of wide receiver Chris Henry. Henry underwent a physical today. It was not clear whether he would participate in the team's practice this evening. He was released by the Bengals in April after being arrested and charged with assault. That charge later was...

 

By Mark Maske | August 19, 2008; 03:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bengals' Signing of C. Henry Should Become Official Today

The Cincinnati Bengals plan to sign wide receiver Chris Henry to a one-year contract today if he passes a physical first. The Bengals released Henry in April after he was arrested and charged with assault. That charge eventually was dropped by prosecutors. But Henry was suspended by the NFL...

 

By Mark Maske | August 19, 2008; 10:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Growing Speculation That Bengals Will Re-Sign C. Henry

There is growing speculation tonight that the Cincinnati Bengals will re-sign wide receiver Chris Henry. The Bengals released Henry in April after he was arrested on an assault charge, the latest in a series of off-field incidents in which he was involved. After a mistrial, prosecutors dropped the charge...

 

By Mark Maske | August 18, 2008; 08:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Shoulder Injury Adds to Drama For C. Johnson, Bengals

Wide receiver Chad Johnson, after an offseason of lobbying to be traded by the Cincinnati Bengals and a training camp marred by a return from ankle surgery, hurt his left shoulder during Sunday night's preseason game against the Detroit Lions. Coach Marvin Lewis said during his postgame news conference...

 

By Mark Maske | August 18, 2008; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

And Then There Was One

Also while we were away, the Bengals agreed to a contract with linebacker Keith Rivers, the ninth overall selection in the NFL draft in April. That leaves defensive end Derrick Harvey, the eighth overall pick by the Jaguars, as the only unsigned first-rounder league-wide....

 

By Mark Maske | August 6, 2008; 03:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Henry Suspended Four Games

The NFL has suspended former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry for the first four games of the season for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Henry was released by the Bengals in April after being arrested and charged with assault. The charge later was dropped. If Henry is...

 

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2008; 05:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bengals Agree If C. Johnson Behaves, They'll Consider New Contract After Season

According to a league source, the Cincinnati Bengals agreed to consider reworking wide receiver Chad Johnson's contract after the season if Johnson is on his best behavior until then. Johnson reported to training camp on time Sunday after an offseason of demanding, often and loudly, to be traded. The...

 

By Mark Maske | July 28, 2008; 07:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

C. Johnson Says He'll Report to Bengals' Camp On Time

Wide receiver Chad Johnson told the Associated Press that he will report to training camp with the Cincinnati Bengals on time this weekend after lobbying for a trade during the offseason. But Johnson also indicated he's only about 60 percent recovered from ankle surgery last month....

 

By Mark Maske | July 21, 2008; 05:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ankle Surgery for C. Johnson

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson is scheduled to undergo ankle surgery Wednesday, a person familiar with the situation said. It is expected that Johnson will be able to play by training camp. Johnson, after demanding to be traded earlier in the offseason, showed up at a Bengals' minicamp...

 

By Mark Maske | June 17, 2008; 08:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Henry Suspended Indefinitely

The NFL suspended former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry indefinitely. Henry was released by the Bengals in April after he was charged with assault and criminal damaging. It was the latest in a series of off-field issues for Henry, who was suspended by the league for the first...

 

By Mark Maske | June 13, 2008; 11:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Little Activity, Lots of Attention for C. Johnson At Bengals' Minicamp

Wide receiver Chad Johnson indeed was at the Cincinnati Bengals' minicamp Thursday but didn't do much practicing. The Bengals didn't seem to believe that Johnson wasn't injured but Johnson's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told reporters that the wideout was suffering from an ankle injury. Johnson had threatened to boycott the...

 

By Mark Maske | June 13, 2008; 10:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

C. Johnson On Field for Bengals' Practice

Wide receiver Chad Johnson was in uniform and on the field this morning as the Cincinnati Bengals opened a three-day minicamp that's mandatory for players. He reportedly arrived on the field about 10 minutes after the practice was to begin at 9:45 a.m. Johnson had created a major ruckus...

 

By Mark Maske | June 12, 2008; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (1)

O. Thurman Suspended Indefinitely by League

Former Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy. A league spokesman told the Associated Press that Thurman will not be eligible for reinstatement until after next season. Thurman missed the last two seasons for violations of the...

 

By Mark Maske | June 7, 2008; 02:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Johnson Readying to Return to Bengals

Wide receiver Chad Johnson has told ESPN that he's planning to return to the Cincinnati Bengals soon. "Am I coming back? Of course I am," Johnson told ESPN The Magazine, according to a story posted on the network's website. "I told my coaches I'm going to California to act,...

 

By Mark Maske | June 3, 2008; 01:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Does Anyone Want Shaun Alexander?

No one is exactly rushing to sign tailback Shaun Alexander, the former league most valuable player released by the Seattle Seahawks more than a month ago. The New Orleans Saints and Cincinnati Bengals have demonstrated interest, but that's about it. Alexander turns 31 in August, and his best days...

 

By Mark Maske | May 27, 2008; 10:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bengals Release O. Thurman

A representative of Odell Thurman has told the Cincinnati Enquirer that the Bengals have indicated they will release the linebacker. "The support he got from the fans, from the people of Cincinnati, from Marvin Lewis and Mike Brown, this comes as a surprise," Safarrah Lawson told the newspaper. Thurman...

 

By Mark Maske | May 19, 2008; 11:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Still Waiting for S. Alexander to Sign Somewhere

Former league most valuable player Shaun Alexander visited the Cincinnati Bengals and New Orleans Saints last week, but has not signed with either team. The whispers out of Cincinnati are that the Bengals are unlikely to add Alexander, the tailback who was released recently by the Seattle Seahawks. The...

 

By Mark Maske | May 12, 2008; 10:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Judge Grants C. Henry's Request to Meet With Unnamed NFL Team

A judge reportedly has granted a request by Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry to be released from house arrest and electronic monitoring in order to travel out of town to meet with an NFL team apparently interested in signing him. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that Henry's attorney made...

 

By Mark Maske | May 6, 2008; 01:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saints Reportedly Join Bengals In Running for S. Alexander

The New Orleans Saints reportedly are interested in free agent tailback Shaun Alexander. The NFL Network is reporting that Alexander, the former league most valuable player released by the Seattle Seahawks, will visit New Orleans after completing today's scheduled visit to the Cincinnati Bengals. The Saints' interest is intriguing...

 

By Mark Maske | May 5, 2008; 04:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bengals In Pursuit of S. Alexander

The Cincinnati Bengals are interested in tailback Shaun Alexander, the former league most valuable player recently released by the Seattle Seahawks. Alexander is scheduled to visit Cincinnati on Monday. His agent, Jim Steiner, told the Bengals' website that his dealings the club regarding Alexander are "very preliminary" at this...

 

By Mark Maske | May 1, 2008; 02:35 PM ET | Comments (3)

Bengals' Thurman Reinstated

The NFL has reinstated Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman, the team announced today. Thurman missed the last two seasons for violations of the league's substance abuse policy. "Odell has met the NFL's conditions for reinstatement and has been added to our offseason roster," Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis said in...

 

By Mark Maske | April 21, 2008; 04:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Johnson STILL Wants Out of Cincy

You have to give this much to wide receiver Chad Johnson: He isn't giving up when it comes to trying to get the Cincinnati Bengals to trade him. In comments attributed to Johnson by ESPN, he said today that he wants to be traded before the NFL draft if...

 

By Mark Maske | April 16, 2008; 03:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bengals Release C. Henry

The Cincinnati Bengals released wide receiver Chris Henry today. Henry surrendered to authorities Wednesday, according to police, after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was charged with misdemeanor assault and criminal damaging. According to court documents, Henry was alleged to have hit an 18-year-old man in the...

 

By Mark Maske | April 3, 2008; 12:04 PM ET | Comments (1)

Colts Reportedly Allowing Utecht to Leave for Bengals

The Indianapolis Colts reportedly have declined to match an offer sheet to reserve tight end Ben Utecht, allowing him to go to the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals had signed Utecht, a restricted free agent, to a three-year, $9 million offer sheet, and the Colts had until Friday to decide...

 

By Mark Maske | March 22, 2008; 09:53 AM ET | Comments (16)

Bengals Sign Franchise Player S. Andrews

The Cincinnati Bengals signed offensive lineman Stacy Andrews to a one-year contract. Andrews was designated the Bengals' franchise player last month. He signed a contract with the salary designated to him as the franchise player--$7.455 million. The Bengals indicated that they will continue to pursue a longterm deal with...

 

By Mark Maske | March 19, 2008; 03:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

L. Johnson Leaves Bengals for Panthers

Free agent linebacker Landon Johnson agreed to a deal with the Carolina Panthers. He leaves the Cincinnati Bengals, who had been interested in re-signing him. The Cincinnati defense already had lost two key free agents, safety Madieu Williams and end Justin Smith....

 

By Mark Maske | March 7, 2008; 01:31 PM ET | Comments (2)

Another Would-Be Bengals' Trade For A Defensive Tackle Unravels

The Cincinnati Bengals are oh for two in trying to trade for defensive tackles. A near-deal with the New York Jets for Dewayne Robertson unraveled Monday when the Bengals and Robertson couldn't agree on a reworked contract. Earlier, the Bengals nearly traded for Detroit's Shaun Rogers but that deal,...

 

By Mark Maske | March 4, 2008; 09:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Titans Lose Three

The Tennessee Titans lost three free agents, including defensive ends Antwan Odom and Travis LaBoy. Odom agreed to a five-year, $29.5 million contract with the Cincinnati Bengals that includes $11.5 million in guaranteed money. LaBoy agreed to a five-year, $22 million deal with the Arizona Cardinals that includes $7.5...

 

By Mark Maske | March 3, 2008; 10:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lions Trade S. Rogers to Bengals

The Detroit Lions traded defensive tackle Shaun Rogers to the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals sent third- and fifth-round draft picks to the Lions for Rogers. The Bengals also re-signed free agent linebacker Dhani Jones. The moves keep coming: The Miami Dolphins have agreed to free agent deals with wide...

 

By Mark Maske | February 29, 2008; 04:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bengals Use Franchise Tag on S. Andrews

The Cincinnati Bengals placed their franchise player tag on offensive lineman Stacy Andrews even though he's only made 17 NFL starts. Andrews filled in for injured veteran right tackle Willie Anderson this past season and could see playing time at guard next season. Andrews would receive a salary of...

 

By Mark Maske | February 18, 2008; 08:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

M. Lewis Says Bengals Won't Trade C. Johnson

The Cincinnati Bengals are saying they won't trade wide receiver Chad Johnson. Johnson has voiced his displeasure with the organization in recent weeks and has indicated he might like to play elsewhere next season, and the Washington Redskins reportedly are interested in trading for him. But the Bengals would...

 

By Mark Maske | February 14, 2008; 02:22 PM ET | Comments (4)

C. Johnson Situation Escalating

The Chad Johnson situation seems to be escalating. The wide receiver has been lobbying for a few weeks to leave the Cincinnati Bengals and play elsewhere next season. He went to Phoenix during Super Bowl week and mentioned several possible alternative destinations. Now he has moved on to the...

 

By Mark Maske | February 8, 2008; 09:54 AM ET | Comments (7)

C. Johnson Might Play This Week Despite Neck Strain

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson has a strained neck and might be able to play in this weekend's game against the Baltimore Ravens. Johnson was taken from the field on a stretcher with his head and neck immobilized after being hit during Sunday's loss at Buffalo. But tests...

 

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2007; 01:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Henry Practices With Bengals

Wide receiver Chris Henry participated in the Cincinnati Bengals' practice today after being cleared to do so by the league. But Henry remains ineligible to play in games as he continues to serve an eight-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy....

 

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2007; 04:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bengals Cornerback J. Joseph Suspended for One Game

The NFL suspended Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Johnathan Joseph for one game without pay for a violation of the substance abuse policy. He also was fined an additional game check. Joseph was arrested in January and found to have marijuana....

 

By Mark Maske | October 9, 2007; 08:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bengals Will Be Without R. Johnson Monday

The Cincinnati Bengals officially ruled out tailback Rudi Johnson for Monday night's game against the New England Patriots because of a hamstring injury. Kenny Watson probably will start in Johnson's place....

 

By Mark Maske | September 28, 2007; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bengals Could Be Without R. Johnson Monday Night

The Cincinnati Bengals could be without tailback Rudi Johnson for Monday night's game against the New England Patriots because of an ailing hamstring. The loss of Johnson could be a severe blow to the Bengals as they try to keep pace with the Patriots in what could be a...

 

By Mark Maske | September 26, 2007; 10:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

Remember When M. Lewis Was a Defensive Genius?

Didn't Marvin Lewis used to be a defensive genius? Lewis has done an often-commendable job as a head coach in turning the Bengals from laughingstocks into perennial playoff contenders. But they've been unable to take the step from pretty good to very good because Lewis, the former coordinator of...

 

By Mark Maske | September 16, 2007; 06:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

NFL Rescinds Rucker's Suspension

The NFL overturned a one-game suspension of Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Frostee Rucker, according to Rucker's attorney. Rucker had appealed his one-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's personal conduct policy. The penalty had been imposed after Rucker pleaded no contest in April to charges stemming from a...

 

By Mark Maske | September 7, 2007; 06:47 PM ET | Comments (1)

Rucker Could Be Third Bengals Player Suspended From Regular Season Opener

The NFL reportedly suspended Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Frostee Rucker for the opening game of the regular season for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Rucker's agent told the Associated Press that Rucker is appealing the suspension. Rucker pleaded no contest in April to vandalism and false imprisonment charges...

 

By Mark Maske | August 29, 2007; 10:45 PM ET | Comments (1)

Bengals Add L. Marshall

The Cincinnati Bengals signed linebacker Lemar Marshall, who was released by the Washington Redskins this week. Marshall is a Cincinnati native and formerly played for Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis when Lewis was the Redskins' defensive coordinator....

 

By Mark Maske | August 23, 2007; 09:30 PM ET | Comments (2)

Ankle Surgery for Bengals Coach

Cincinnati Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis is to miss Wednesday's practice to undergo ankle surgery for torn tendons. "The timing of this is not what I wanted," Lewis said in a written statement. "But I've been counseled it's the best plan to ensure that I can be fully productive during...

 

By Mark Maske | August 21, 2007; 08:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bengals Lose Rookie Tailback Irons to Season-Ending Knee Injury

Tailback Kenny Irons's rookie season with the Cincinnati Bengals is over before it even started. Irons suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Thursday's exhibition opener against the Detroit Lions. The Bengals selected Irons in the second round of the NFL draft in April out...

 

By Mark Maske | August 10, 2007; 04:52 PM ET | Comments (3)

Bengals' Thurman Denied Reinstatement

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell denied Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman's request to be reinstated for the upcoming season, the Bengals announced today. Thurman will miss a second straight season. He is eligible to apply for reinstatement after the 2007 season. He was suspended for the first four games of...

 

By Mark Maske | July 26, 2007; 12:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Henry Didn't Fail Drug Test

Officials said Wednesday that Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry has not failed a court-ordered drug test. A Kentucky prosecutor told reporters Monday that Henry had failed a drug test and could be subject to jail time, but later that day the prosecutor's office backed off that contention and...

 

By Mark Maske | May 24, 2007; 10:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bengals Release Nicholson

The Cincinnati Bengals released linebacker A.J. Nicholson. Nicholson pleaded not guilty today to a domestic violence charge. He is accused of striking his girlfriend last week. Nicholson has been charged with misdemeanor assault even though the woman has said she accidentally hit herself with a cell phone. Nicholson played...

 

By Mark Maske | May 21, 2007; 04:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Accounts Differ on Result of Court-Ordered Drug Test for C. Henry

There were conflicting reports today about a court-ordered drug test taken by suspended Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry. A prosecutor in Kentucky told reporters that Henry had failed a drug test and could be facing jail time. But later in the day, the prosecutor's office indicated that results...

 

By Mark Maske | May 21, 2007; 04:15 PM ET | Comments (1)

Bengals Cut S. Adams

The Cincinnati Bengals released veteran defensive tackle Sam Adams. Adams, 33, spent one season in Cincinnati. The Bengals signed free agent defensive tackle Kendrick Allen, who played for the Green Bay Packers last season. The team plans to start Domata Peko and John Thornton at defensive tackle next season....

 

By Mark Maske | May 14, 2007; 09:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Breakthrough Still Within Reach For Bengals

Team-By-Team Offseason Roundup Cincinnati Bengals Players Released: Rich Braham, C (retired) Brian Simmons, LB Free Agents Lost: Eric Steinbach, G Marcus Wilkins, LB Tony Stewart, TE Kelley Washington, WR Kevin Kaesviharn, S Shaun Smith, DT Anthony Wright, QB Tory James, CB Free Agents Re-Signed: Kenny Watson, RB Reggie Kelly,...

 

By Mark Maske | May 9, 2007; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Bengals Sign J. Smith to Franchise Player Deal

Defensive end Justin Smith signed a one-year, $8.644 million contract with the Cincinnati Bengals. That's the tender offer that the Bengals made to Smith in February when they placed their franchise player tag on him to limit his free agent mobility. "We are pleased that Justin has come in...

 

By Mark Maske | May 8, 2007; 02:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hartwell To Bengals

Free agent linebacker Ed Hartwell, cut by the Atlanta Falcons earlier this offseason, agreed to a one-year contract with the Cincinnati Bengals. The deal reunites Hartwell with Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis, his former defensive coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens....

 

By Mark Maske | May 3, 2007; 09:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bengals Add Myers, Courting Hartwell

Free agent defensive tackle Michael Myers agreed to a two-year contract with the Cincinnati Bengals worth about $1.6 million, including a signing bonus of about $100,000. Myers had spent the past two seasons with the Denver Broncos. The Bengals also are trying to sign free agent linebacker Ed Hartwell,...

 

By Mark Maske | April 19, 2007; 08:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

J. Porter Reportedly Cited for Punching Bengals Tackle at Vegas Gaming Table

Joey Porter, the linebacker recently signed by the Miami Dolphins after being released by the Pittsburgh Steelers, reportedly was cited by the Las Vegas police for misdemeanor battery after a fight Sunday evening at a casino with Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Levi Jones. Porter punched Jones in the face...

 

By Mark Maske | March 19, 2007; 01:02 PM ET | Comments (3)

Bengals Decline to Match Browns' Offer to S. Smith

The Cincinnati Bengals announced they won't match the Cleveland Browns' offer sheet to defensive tackle Shaun Smith, a restricted free agent. Smith goes to the Browns for a four-year deal worth approximately $8 million. The Bengals don't receive any draft-pick compensation. Smith is the second defensive tackle added this...

 

By Mark Maske | March 16, 2007; 12:29 PM ET | Comments (1)

Browns Sign Bengals Lineman to Offer Sheet

The Cleveland Browns signed defensive tackle Shaun Smith, a restricted free agent from the Cincinnati Bengals, to an offer sheet. The Bengals have a week to decide whether to retain Smith by matching the Browns' offer. They would not receive draft-pick compensation if they allow Smith to go to...

 

By Mark Maske | March 9, 2007; 08:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Palmer Gets Wish as Bengals Re-Sign Tight End

Quarterback Carson Palmer lobbied publicly just after the season ended for the Cincinnati Bengals to re-sign two free agents, tailback Kenny Watson and tight end Reggie Kelly. The Bengals were listening. They made it two for two by re-signing Kelly to a three-year, $9 million deal today. The club...

 

By Mark Maske | March 6, 2007; 11:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bengals Release B. Simmons

The Cincinnati Bengals released linebacker Brian Simmons. The former first-round draft choice had two seasons remaining on his contract for salaries totaling $7 million. He'd spent his entire nine-year NFL career in Cincinnati....

 

By Mark Maske | February 28, 2007; 10:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bengals Name J. Smith Franchise Player

The Cincinnati Bengals placed their franchise player tag on defensive end Justin Smith to limit his mobility on the unrestricted free agent market next month. Any team signing Smith would owe the Bengals two first-round draft picks as compensation. If Smith plays for the Bengals under the franchise player...

 

By Mark Maske | February 15, 2007; 09:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bengals Re-Sign D. Johnson

The Cincinnati Bengals re-signed backup quarterback Doug Johnson to a one-year contract. The former Atlanta starter joined the Bengals before this past season....

 

By Mark Maske | February 7, 2007; 07:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

C. Johnson Cooperating with Miami Police

MIAMI--Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson was cooperating with the Miami police department in its investigation into the shooting death of a man last week. According to the Bengals, Johnson is not a suspect or even a person of interest in the case. Johnson, a Miami native, reportedly met...

 

By Mark Maske | February 2, 2007; 02:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Palmer Says Bengals Players Need to Fix Off-Field Behavior

MIAMI--Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer said "enough is enough" when it comes to the off-field misbehavior of his teammates. "From here on out, guys just need to make better decisions," Palmer said during an appearance today at the Super Bowl media center. "Life is about making the right decisions...

 

By Mark Maske | January 31, 2007; 06:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Henry Sentenced to Two Days in Jail

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry was sentenced today to two days in jail for allowing minors to drink alcohol in his hotel room in April. Henry was sentenced to 90 days in jail but all but two days of the sentence were suspended. He pleaded guilty to unlawful...

 

By Mark Maske | January 25, 2007; 01:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bengals Center Braham to Retire

Cincinnati Bengals center Rich Braham announced his retirement today. The 13-year veteran is to be honored by the Bengals before Sunday's final game of the regular season. He suffered a season-ending knee injury in September....

 

By Mark Maske | December 27, 2006; 09:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Palmer Back to Practicing

Quarterback Carson Palmer participated in the Cincinnati Bengals' practice Thursday and is scheduled to start Sunday at Denver. Palmer sat out Wednesday's practice because of a sore shoulder....

 

By Mark Maske | December 22, 2006; 12:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Palmer Rests Sore Shoulder But Is Expected to Play Against Broncos

Quarterback Carson Palmer sat out the Cincinnati Bengals' practice today to rest a sore right shoulder. But he's expected to practice Thursday and play Sunday at Denver....

 

By Mark Maske | December 20, 2006; 07:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Johnson's Wild Shoes Benched for Monday Night Game

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson showed up on the field for warmups for Monday night's game in Indianapolis wearing cleats featuring black and orange stripes and pictures of himself scoring and celebrating touchdowns covering the back half of the shoes. Johnson switched back to standard black cleats for...

 

By Mark Maske | December 19, 2006; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Neck Surgery Could End Pollack's Career

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker David Pollack's NFL career probably is over after a specialist recommended that he undergo surgery for a cracked bone in his neck. The former first-round draft choice was hurt while making a tackle during a game in September and had his head placed in a halo...

 

By Mark Maske | December 14, 2006; 10:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bengals Are Back

The Cincinnati Bengals are back as an AFC contender. Just a few weeks ago, the Bengals seemed to be regressing for the first time during Coach Marvin Lewis's tenure. They'd lost three straight and five of six games to drop their record to 4-5, and a season that began...

 

By Mark Maske | December 1, 2006; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bengals Place C. Perry on IR List

The Cincinnati Bengals placed tailback Chris Perry on the injured reserve list, ending his season. Perry suffered a broken fibula in his right leg during Sunday's triumph over the Cleveland Browns. The Bengals activated defensive end Jonathan Fanene from the physically unable to perform list. He'd been sidelined by...

 

By Mark Maske | November 28, 2006; 08:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Offensive Line Woes Worsen for Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals lost another member of their offensive line when guard Bobbie Williams underwent an appendectomy. He is to be sidelined for several weeks. Third-year pro Stacy Andrews moves into the starting lineup for the reeling Bengals. The Bengals already have been without left tackle Levi Jones and...

 

By Mark Maske | November 17, 2006; 10:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bengals Activate WR Henry

The Cincinnati Bengals reinstated wide receiver Chris Henry to their active roster today. Henry resumed practicing this week after serving a two-game suspension by the NFL for violating the substance abuse and personal conduct policies. The Bengals had a roster exemption for Henry until Monday, and Coach Marvin Lewis...

 

By Mark Maske | October 27, 2006; 01:59 PM ET | Comments (3)

C. Henry Practicing with Bengals But Status for Game Unclear

Wide receiver Chris Henry is back practicing with the Cincinnati Bengals this week after serving a two-game suspension by the league for violating the substance abuse and personal conduct policies. But Coach Marvin Lewis is saying it's not certain that the team will reinstate Henry to the active roster...

 

By Mark Maske | October 26, 2006; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (3)

Overprotecting the Quarterback

The league instructs its game officials to protect quarterbacks. If a hit on a quarterback is borderline, officials are told, call a penalty. But the roughing-the-quarterback call that decided last Sunday's Cincinnati-Tampa Bay game took it too far. The Buccaneers' winning touchdown in their 14-13 triumph came after rookie...

 

By Mark Maske | October 18, 2006; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Struggling Bengals Now Must Rely on Rookie Left Tackle

The Cincinnati Bengals are struggling, with two straight losses after a 3-0 beginning. And now they'll have to play without left tackle Levi Jones because of an ailing knee. Rookie Andrew Whitworth takes over. It's unclear how long Jones will be sidelined, but it apparently could be as long...

 

By Mark Maske | October 18, 2006; 10:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bengals Backup QB Wright Undergoes Appendectomy

Anthony Wright, the backup quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals, underwent an appendectomy today. He likely will miss at least two weeks, and Doug Johnson becomes Carson Palmer's primary backup in Wright's absence....

 

By Mark Maske | October 13, 2006; 05:12 PM ET | Comments (1)

Bengals WR Henry Suspended for Two Games by League

The NFL today suspended Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry for two games without pay for violations of the league's personal conduct and substance abuse policies. The suspension will cost Henry about $41,000 in missed paychecks. He also was fined an additional $20,000 by the league, according to the...

 

By Mark Maske | October 6, 2006; 03:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Thurman's Suspension Extended

The NFL today extended the suspension of Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman for the remainder of the season. Thurman, already serving a four-game suspension for a violation of the league's substance abuse policy, was arrested early Monday on a drunk-driving charge. Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis sharply criticized Thurman and...

 

By Mark Maske | September 27, 2006; 10:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

M. Lewis Critical of Arrested Linebacker

Cincinnati Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis was highly critical today of his linebacker, Odell Thurman, who was arrested early this morning on a drunk driving charge while serving a four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. "I am not pleased," Lewis said, according to the Associated...

 

By Mark Maske | September 25, 2006; 09:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bengals LB Thurman Arrested

Suspended Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman was arrested on a drunk driving charge early today. Thurman's blood alcohol level reportedly was measured at 0.18 percent, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent. Thurman is serving a four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy...

 

By Mark Maske | September 25, 2006; 02:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Johnson Keeps Lip Zipped as Bengals Show Offensive Versatility

PITTSBURGH--Perhaps it's setting the bar low when an NFL player earns praise from his teammates--and from himself--simply for acting like an adult rather than a spoiled child. But the Cincinnati Bengals will take their progress where they can get it when it comes to wide receiver Chad Johnson. Bengals...

 

By Mark Maske | September 25, 2006; 10:16 AM ET | Comments (3)

Lewis Making Sure Bengals Players Remember Steelers' Taunts

The Cincinnati Bengals play in Pittsburgh on Sunday, the first meeting between the AFC North rivals since the Steelers won a first-round playoff game in Cincinnati last season and left Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer with a severe knee injury. These teams appear to be among the best in football,...

 

By Mark Maske | September 21, 2006; 10:39 AM ET | Comments (5)

Bengals Place Pollack on IR

The Cincinnati Bengals placed linebacker David Pollack on the injured reserve list today, ending his season, because of the neck injury he suffered during Sunday's triumph over the Cleveland Browns. Pollack was taken off the field on a stretcher with his head immobilized after suffering the injury. But Coach...

 

By Mark Maske | September 18, 2006; 11:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cowher Thought Geathers's Hit on Green Not "Ill-Intended"

League officials aren't the only ones who thought the hit by the Cincinnati Bengals' Robert Geathers last Sunday that left Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Trent Green hospitalized for two days with a concussion was clean. A neutral observer, Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Bill Cowher, said earlier this week that he...

 

By Mark Maske | September 14, 2006; 09:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bengals Sign RT Anderson to Extension Through 2011 Season

The Cincinnati Bengals signed right tackle Willie Anderson to a five-year, $32 million contract extension that runs through the 2011 season. He would have been eligible for unrestricted free agency after this season....

 

By Mark Maske | September 1, 2006; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Palmer to Play in Bengals' Preseason Finale

Carson Palmer's surgically repaired knee is said to have responded well in the aftermath of the quarterback making his exhibition-season debut Monday night. Palmer is scheduled to play in the Cincinnati Bengals' preseason finale Friday at Indianapolis and is on course to be in the lineup for the regular...

 

By Mark Maske | August 31, 2006; 12:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Navies Cut Because of Bengals' Abundance of Young LBs

The Cincinnati Bengals went with youth at linebacker and released veteran Hannibal Navies. The Bengals drafted rookies A.J. Nicholson and Ahmad Brooks to join Landon Johnson and Caleb Miller as reserves behind starting linebackers David Pollack, Odell Thurman and Brian Simmons. That created a logjam at the position and...

 

By Mark Maske | August 30, 2006; 09:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

So Far, So Good for Palmer, Bengals

Things couldn't possibly have gone much better for Carson Palmer and the Cincinnati Bengals than they did Monday night. The quarterback, in his first appearance of this exhibition season, threw for three touchdowns and 140 yards in the first half as the Bengals built a 34-7 halftime lead over...

 

By Mark Maske | August 29, 2006; 10:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Palmer On Course to Play Next Monday Night

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer told reporters Sunday that he plans to play next Monday night against the Green Bay Packers. That would be Palmer's first appearance of this exhibition season as he works his way back from the severe knee injury that he suffered during last season's playoffs....

 

By Mark Maske | August 21, 2006; 07:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

C. Palmer Won't Play Friday

The Cincinnati Bengals have decided for quarterback Carson Palmer to sit out their second preseason game Friday night at Buffalo. It's possible that Palmer, who's returning from a serious knee injury suffered during last season's playoffs, could play in the club's third exhibition game against the Green Bay Packers...

 

By Mark Maske | August 17, 2006; 09:55 AM ET | Comments (1)

Timetable for Palmer's Return Remains Unclear

Cincinnati Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis said during his news conference Tuesday that he would leave it up to quarterback Carson Palmer to decide when to play in a game as Palmer works his way back from the severe knee injury that he suffered during last season's playoffs. Later Tuesday,...

 

By Mark Maske | August 16, 2006; 09:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bengals Release DT Askew

The Cincinnati Bengals released defensive tackle Matthias Askew today. He was one of five Bengals players to be arrested since December. Police reportedly used a stun gun to subdue him last month after he was approached about a parking ticket. He was charged with obstruction and resisting arrest. Askew...

 

By Mark Maske | August 15, 2006; 12:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Palmer's Status for Start of Regular Season Unclear

One of the biggest training-camp storylines league-wide is the significant number of prominent quarterbacks making comebacks from serious injuries. After the first round of exhibition games, it appears that the quarterback most in danger of missing the regular season opener from among that group is Cincinnati's Carson Palmer. Daunte...

 

By Mark Maske | August 13, 2006; 09:01 PM ET | Comments (1)

Palmer Won't Play for Bengals Against Redskins

Quarterback Carson Palmer is not scheduled to play for the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night against the Washington Redskins. Palmer is working his way back from the severe knee injury that he suffered during last season's playoffs. He has made what the Bengals have called steady progress but there...

 

By Mark Maske | August 11, 2006; 03:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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