Updated: 11:15 p.m.
GEORGETOWN, Ky. - Live from Bengals headquarters, the first 10 minutes of the Thursday night practice on NFL Network from Georgetown College, which had more satellite feeds than Cape Kennedy.
In order to make room for Owens the club cut wide receiver Freddie Brown.
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And there is a doomsday scenario. Head coach Marvin Lewis called it a foot as well as a conditioning isssue and said Smith wouldn't be cleared for two to three weeks at least. If his rehab doesn't go as planned, Lewis raised the option of not practicing him in the preseason and putting him on the physically unable to perform list (PUP), which would ice him six more weeks to start the regular season.
Smith, who missed all of the last camp in a rookie holdout, was one of five players not suited up. The Bengals had hoped the foot surgery that knocked Smith out of all of the spring workouts would be healed enough for him to line up in the first practice, but he said it's not there yet and they don't want to rush it. As for when he'll return to practice, he said "I'm taking it day by day."
Under hazy skies with a touch of a breeze, Lewis commenced his eighth Bengals camp in helmets and shorts. The team isn't expected to go full pads until one of Saturday's two practices.
Also not working were cornerback
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Encouraging news on the first day from the guys that blew out their Achilles last year. Tight end