Bengals tackle Levi Jones is taking a step back today from comments made on Friday to the media about his role with the team. Jones after the teams preseason finale on Friday night stated that was unsure of what was going on after he played most of the meaningless preseason game against the Colts. Jones played into the third quarter, and considering that it was a game in which plenty of starters don’t play at all, it didn’t make much sense to Jones why he was out there as if trying to secure a roster spot. “When you’re a backup, that’s what you do,” Jones said post game Friday. “We’ve got a No. 1 guy out there running with the threes pretty much late in the third quarter on the last game of the preseason. Who knows, maybe a trade is in the works.”
The left tackle had missed much of the preseason and training camp with knee soreness, but at no point and time did it seem like the Bengals would be moving in another direction without him. Coach Marvin Lewis came out and stated that he was upset that Jones aired his dirty laundry to the media, and that he should have held his frustrations in check. Jones had signed a $40 million dollar, six-year deal with the Bengals before the 2006 season. He did though miss 10 games last season due to ankle and knee injuries. The post game questioning Friday seemed to open the door for him to not be so sure that his roster spot was secured.
“Who wants to go out there unprepared?” he said. “Especially me. I’m a Virgo. I like to be prepared for all situations. When you’re getting five reps of practice and a lot of reps in games, I don’t know what’s going on.” Lewis said that Jones played a lot due to being short handed on the O-line, and that she should not have read much more into it. Now Jones, on the roster and with egg on his face, is coming out and saying whoops about carrying on like he did. “A lot was said,” he said. “A lot of tempers flared. I want to apologize for any distraction to the team. That was not my intent.”
For now, Jones remains on the roster and as the starter. Whether or not the comments will have to be paid for by the O-lineman down the road remain to be seen. For now, its another classic case of a lineman opening his trap before he knows the true facts of what is going on.