News

Print
RSS

Notes: Hall, Jones appear ready to go; Zimmer extended; Thompson completes rookie deals

Posted Jul 25, 2012


Leon Hall

Updated: 8:50 p.m.

With the opening of training camp 48 hours away, the immediate cornerback picture seemed to be clearing up.

With first-rounder Dre Kirkpatrick expected to miss a month with a leg condition that won't impact him long-term, all indications were that Adam Jones is going to be able to line up for the first practice after missing a chunk of the spring with a hamstring problem.

And Leon Hall, the starting right corner making a big-time recovery from his torn Achilles, figures to make an appearance this first weekend of practices and maybe even take that first snap on Friday. That's been his goal since back in November, a week after undergoing surgery following his injury in the Nov. 13 loss to the Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium.

But it won't be a surprise if the Bengals go slower with starting left corner Nate Clements after he missed all of the spring workouts with a pulled abdominal muscle. If he's not back in time to get ready for the Aug. 4 intrasquad scrimmage, no one is thinking he’ll also miss the Aug. 10 preseason opener at PBS against the Jets.

In an appearance Wednesday evening with Lance McAlister on 700 WLW-AM, head coach Marvin Lewis said he didn't think Kirkpatrick's injury would prevent him from playing at the beginning of the regular season and called it "minor." Asked if Hall is going to be available, Lewis said he was on schedule to reach his goal.  

ZIMMER EXTENDED: If you read between the lines at Tuesday's media luncheon, you figured defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer had reached a contract extension beyond this season. And on Wednesday, the Bengals confirmed it but didn't say for how long but it can be assumed it goes beyond next year, too.

Zimmer, who has re-upped for the second time, had two head-coaching opportunities this past February when he interviewed in Miami and Tampa Bay. The Bengals lock up one of their most successful coordinators in history as he guns for a third top 10 finish in the NFL rankings in his fifth Bengals season. The only comparable run was when the Bengals did it four out of the five years from 1972-76 under Chuck Weber and Howard Brinker.

The move comes a few months after the Bengals gave offensive coordinator Jay Gruden a three-year extension and they opened extension talks with head coach Marvin Lewis.

THOMPSON COMPLETES IT: Third-round pick Brandon Thompson became the last Bengals draft pick to sign his deal Wednesday. Which means in both years of the new collective bargaining agreement's rookie wage scale the Bengals have signed all their picks before the heavy lifting begins.

The 6-2, 320-pound Thompson is a weight-room maven and says he's squatted about 600 pounds, benched about 500, and reps 225 pounds between 36 and 40 times. He's a stout, nose tackle type that's going to be ticketed to work behind Domata Peko and Pat Sims.

 

Recent Articles

  • Leaves of fall

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted 16 hours ago

    Fall is a season of transition and football is a game of change. So is life as some have discovered this fall.

    Views: 1,245
  • Tuesday notes: Jones sees red; Sunday Night smiles for Leah

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted Sep 30, 2014

    Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones hopes to make his first appearance of the season Sunday coming off a broken foot in the preseason and his presence should lift the Bengals’ performance in the red zone.

    Views: 7,217
  • Fantasy Recap: Week 4

    By James Morris - Posted Sep 30, 2014

    Before this week’s games were played I don’t think you could have found one person on the face of the Earth that would have said that Eli Manning would finish as this week’s #1 fantasy QB, and Kirk Cousins would completely implode and throw 4 INTs and just 1 TD. And not that it matters for anyone outside of 2QB leagues, but the Bills finally benched E.J. Manuel in favor of Kyle Orton on Monday.

    Views: 733
  • Five takes from Pats-Chiefs

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted Sep 30, 2014

    Five takes from the Chiefs’ 41-14 blowout of the Patriots on Monday night as the Bengals get ready for a Sunday Night Football game (8:30 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 5) in New England.

    Views: 6,804
  • New Kids in Town challenge New England tradition

    By Geoff Hobson - Posted Sep 29, 2014

    The Green-Dalton Bengals have done enough winning since 2011 to test the Patriots on Sunday Night Football (8:30-Cincinnati's Channel 5).

    Views: 6,158

Recent Videos

Photos