-The Bengals returned to practice today after Sunday’s win versus the Broncos amidst talk that they are contemplating releasing big free agent WR Antonio Bryant with an injury settlement. The Gab reported the news earlier today, and we’re supposed to get additional details from ESPN and NFL Network tonight.
If true, it could mean that the team’s medical staff made a huge error in judgement; one to the tune of almost 10 million bills. It also means that they must not think his injury will improve with a year on injured reserve. Assuming that’s the case, I’m sure they’re trying to make room on the roster to ensure they have a spot for another of their promising young receivers, like Quan Cosby, Jerome Simpson, or Dez Briscoe.
-The NFL announced that LB Rey Maualuga will *not* be suspended any games for this DUI arrest in January. The former USC Trojan and member of the Bengals’ Samoan long-hair club got off with just a fine of two game checks.
-Andre “Jabba” Smith, who came to camp a hippo-like 370+ is doing well in his conditioning and was allowed to practice today. This must mean that he’s lost enough weight to give the team confidence that he can play soon. It also means he’s off the PUP list and will count against the roster. Bad news for some of the younger offensive linemen trying to make the team, but good news for Smith, who drew the ire of Coach Lewis for showing up grossly out of shape. Here’s hoping “Manboobs” can make a real contribution this year and return a little on the investment. Number 9 and Ced would appreciate it.
–Hobson also points outthat Kyle Cook should be back to practice Wednesday after twisting an ankle in Sunday’s game (whew!), and the Dan Skuta as a fullback experiment is on-hold for now as he continues to recover from his ankle injury. However, indications are he’ll be okay for Friday’s tilt with the Kolb-era Eagles.