Updated: 2:45 p.m.
GEORGETOWN, Ky. - Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is no longer hiding the fact that he is furious with right tackle
Smith, fighting foot and conditioning problems, has yet to practice and at a news conference Wednesday, Lewis said that Smith starting the season on the physically unable to perform list (PUP) is “a viable option.”
Lewis did indicate that running back
“He’ll be a couple of weeks before he’s back to healthy. When it heals he’ll be back out here ready to go,” Lewis said. “I can’t look into the future and go beyond that. There’s nothing that says he would be out for the year or he would be on IR today.”
He was much clearer about Smith.
“If he doesn’t get to where I want him to get in the time frame I want him to get there,” said Lewis of the list that would knock Smith out of the first six weeks of the regular season.
“Andre is going to figure out how to become a pro and do things the way it’s asked to do all the time. Hopefully he continues to do it in a timely fashion. Otherwise, I’m not going to go through this year in and year out.”
National reports have put Smith’s weight in the 370-pound range, but strength coach Chip Morton reported last week that he had been reacting well to three-a-day workouts. Part of Lewis’ frustration is that he knows Smith, last year’s first-round pick, can be a factor at a spot now manned by
“He’s doing OK. That’s not a ‘well.’ It’s not a jumping jack. That’s not a back flip. He’s doing OK,” Lewis said. “He’s being monitored hourly. I know he could help our offense had he been in here competing with Dennis to play. But I’m not going to let the offense get held back waiting for Andre to figure it out.”
At least there is a time frame for Smith. He would have to either be on the 53-man roster or PUP by Sept. 4.
But Lewis doesn’t seem to have one for wide receiver
“He’s doing well. I wish I could tell you tomorrow is the day, but we’re not quite there yet,” he said. “It’s a tough thing because you’re working through a lot of pain and coming back day-to-day when you’re working hard on the joint to strengthen everything around it. But he’s doing the work and he’s doing other treatments we wish would have been done on the leg and they weren’t. It’s part of the process and we’re going to let it take time and see how it comes out and hopefully it comes out positive for the kid.”
Unlike Smith, Bryant isn’t eligible for PUP because he has already practiced.
SLANTS AND SCREENS
But Rayner showed some resiliency when he came back in his cleats and snuck the next 49-yarder inside the left post after tight ends coach Jon Hayes stepped into the play and blew the whistle to ice him like a timeout. Rayner’s other miss was a 42-yarder right and the makes inside 49 were from 32 and 38.
» Hayes ended up getting his when the team broke the huddle at the end of practice and quarterback
“Of all the people to deceive me,” said Hayes as he looked at Kelly, the man known in the locker room as “The Reverend.” Then he shook his head at the Palmer brothers, the two biggest pranksters on the team, and said, “I should have known.” The word is it came right out of the Jon Kitna playbook.
“Reggie was talking like there was a crisis at home and I was hanging on every word and they blasted me good,” Hayes said. “They got me. They got me good.”
» Defensive end
“Time flies, doesn’t it?” he asked.
» Wide receiver
“Maybe I’ll take the Brett Favre route. Tell you guys I’ll retire and then ponder it. See if they offer me $4 million to come back.”
» Converted linebacker
» Owens got taped in the middle of practice for an arm he originally scraped Sunday. He's chewing it up with Carson Palmer in red-zone drills against defenders, hitting him in the back of the end zone on one play and getting him a fade in the corner when Owens turned early on cornerback
» But the passing game struggled a bit in the final 11-on-11 of the morning. Owens and The Ocho dropped slants from Palmer and when Palmer tried to go to Owens on the right sideline, Joseph cut in front for what would have been a coast-to-coast TD. Palmer's only completion in the set went to rookie receiver