Updated: 7:20 p.m.
GEORGETOWN, Ky. - For the second time in three days an injury struck the Bengals tight ends in the morning practice of a two-a-day at Georgetown College.
But this one is a lot easier to take.
Coats was later seen on crutches and indications were he didn't break the ankle, but that he'll probably miss some time.
Kelly, lost for the year when it was believed he ruptured his Achilles tendon, was the team's best blocking tight end known for his strength and toughness. The other tight ends that figure to make the roster,
Kelly had surgery Wednesday, where the rupture was confirmed, and put on season-ending injured reserve.
NIGHT SCRATCHES: Defensive end
LEWIS PRESSER: Lewis raised a few eyebrows Wednesday at his news conference with a couple of "Did he really say that?"
On third-round defensive end
exceeded my expectations in everything that he's done. Of all the rookie players I've probably ever been around in the NFL, he's played as fast and as physical and made as many football plays early in camp. We've been really pleased with Mike."
On wide receiver
It was the since departed T.J. Houshmandzadeh who manned the slot last year until he missed the last game of the year, but he did it as one of the league leaders in third-down catches. Houshmandzadeh also didn't report to the voluntaries and missed virtually all of the preseason with a hamstring problem, so Lewis has always had his slot receivers - Caldwell,
TWO GIANTS: The Bengals literally cleaned house Wednesday when the NFL chose the college's conference center to unveil its mega deal with P&G in which the Cincinnati-based power has exclusive marketing rights for 13 products.
The Wall Street Journal via ProFootballTalk.com reported it as a five-year contract worth more than $10 million per year.
Bengals executive vice president Katie Blackburn noted in a news conference that P&G has been a staple of Cincinnati since 1837 and continues to be its headquarters. Quarterback
"P&G is one of the biggest powers in all of America and its right in the middle of Cincinnati. It makes a lot of sense," said Jones, who could end up in other endorsement opportunities with the company.
Mark Waller, the NFL's senior vice president of sales and marketing, called it "a privilege" to hook up with P&G and give the company access to a fan base of the league's 225 million TV viewers, of which 40 percent are women. Jason Dial, P&G's director of sports marketing, indicated that there looks like a day when Palmer's Bengals-logoed razors and other products will soon be available to all.
"It's safe to say," said Dial, who said he couldn't discuss specifics, "that we will be customizing things to be that much more relevant to the consumer and the NFL fan base."
SLANTS AND SCREENS
» Most eye-opening play on defense, besides two interceptions by safety
» Carson Palmer's elbow looks to have no problem getting the ball deep. In fact, he's had a bunch of overthrows as he tries to get in Ocho Synco with his receivers. But he could roll out of a sick bed in August and always hit
» Henry may need to work on catching other routes, but he's sure got that '9' route down. He sped past cornerback Geoff Pope and caught a sideline bomb from
» There were some interesting one-on-one matches in the trenches. On Oklahoma Day, center