Updated: 5:20 p.m.
The Bengals were still digesting the release of wide receiver Antonio Bryant before Monday afternoon’s practice with most surprised it happened because of the estimated $7.8 million they already gave him for signing a four-year deal back in March.
“Yeah, I was surprised it happened so soon because of all the money they gave him,” said wide receiver
Caldwell didn’t look to be one of those on the bubble even when Bryant was penciled in to make it. One clue is that he felt he could have played Saturday night in Buffalo but the club wanted him to rest a pulled abdominal muscle and he expects to go full speed in Monday’s practice.
“It’s a very good corps," Palmer said. "Obviously the two big guys, but there are good young guys behind them working hard to make a roster spot. Andre Caldwell who’s made big plays for us in big games, and we’ve got a good tight end group, too.”
The five guys that look to be battling for the last two spots behind The Ocho, Owens, Caldwell and
There are the two high-round picks in the tall, talented
“In the preseason they work on different things. They call the plays and we run them. That’s all I know,” said Jones, who has four catches in four games. “I believe I’m talented enough (to stick in the NFL). I’m getting better each day being around Chad and T.O. and being able to watch them. I’m 27. I feel like I’ve got five years left.”
JEANTY CUT: Backup SAM linebacker Rashad Jeanty, an Ed Block Courage Award winner who was one of the toughest Bengals ever, was waived injured Monday. The Bengals got down to the roster limit of 75 about 30 hours before Tuesday's 4 p.m. deadline when they placed safety
Jeanty never got back on the field after breaking his fibula on the opening kickoff of the Wild Card game against the Jets. He had a medical procedure in the spring and when the Bengals went to training camp he headed to Florida for rehab and returned two weeks ago when the club broke camp.
Jeanty played three seasons in the CFL before signing with the Bengals in January 2006.
Nelson, who made the club as a rookie free agent out of Illinois State last season, injured his knee late and also hasn't been able to get on the field. He now won't be able to practice for the first six weeks of the regular season.
PURIFY REPORT: ESPN.com reports that Maurice Purify has been suspended by the NFL for a game for his May arrest for disorderly conduct. He may not serve it in Cincinnati. After missing the last three games because of knee tendinitis and the emergence of Jerome Simpson and Quan Cosby, Purify is very much on the bubble.
SLANTS AND SCREENS
“I like them both; no preference,” said Jones, who indicated he’s OK after leaving the game with knee and neck problems. “Yeah, I’m having fun. But it would be a lot more fun if I can get into the end zone.”
» Special teams captain
“If it were me, I don’t think I’d be here after my last performance on defense. I was very disappointed in what I put on film,” Hebert said. “I lost contain on a couple of plays. At this stage in my career I should never allow that to happen. You can’t just want to be a special teams guy your whole life. I want to do more to help my team.”
“This is something I really don’t have control over, so it’s different than last year and I’m just hoping that I’m close to getting back,” he said.
INJURY REPORT: Center
There were many more defensive players shelved for a practice in helmets and shorts. The defense did get back safety
New on the list were lineman