Former Bengals first-round draft choice spent season on Reserve/Non-Football Injury list, due to rehab from wrist surgery in July ... In 2010, played through painful foot condition (plantar fasciitis) and logged career-best 15 games with No. 2 rank on team in tackles (95).
2011 RECAP: Did not play in preseason, and placed Sept. 3 on Reserve/Non-Football Injury list, due to July wrist surgery ... Was eligible for practice and possible roster activation from Nov. 8 until Nov. 29, but did not practice and remained on Reserve/NFI.
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2010 - Played in Games 1 and 3-16 … Inactive for Game 2, due to missed practice time from foot condition … On Nov. 14 at Indianapolis, played only on special teams, due to missed practice time due to foot ... Second on team with nine tackles Sept. 12 at New England, and also had a pass defensed … On Oct. 3 at Cleveland, tied for team lead with personal-high 14 tackles (tied for second-most by any Bengal in a 2010 game) … Also at Cleveland, had five-yard sack of Seneca Wallace in second quarter, and an end zone pass defensed that forced Browns to settle for FG … Eight tackles Oct. 24 at Atlanta (tied for team lead), and had one QB pressure … Seven tackles, a pass defensed, and a QB pressure Oct. 31 vs. Miami … Eight tackles, including one for loss, Nov. 8 vs. Pittsburgh … Led club with 13 tackles Nov. 25 at N.Y. Jets … Ten tackles Dec. 26 vs. San Diego, including a stop of Ryan Mathews for no gain on first-and-goal from the one, part of a second-quarter goal-line stand that forced Chargers to settle for FG … Tied for team lead with seven tackles (one for loss) Jan. 2 at Baltimore.
2009 - Had seven tackles and a pass defensed Sept. 13 vs. Denver … Led team with 12 tackles in win Sept. 27 vs. Pittsburgh … Tied for front-seven tackles lead (five) Oct. 25 vs. Chicago … Had six tackles Nov. 8 vs. Baltimore, before leaving in third quarter with calf injury … Returned to starting WLB spot Dec. 6 vs. Detroit, logging four tackles … On Dec. 20 at San Diego, his fourth-quarter INT gave Bengals possession at Chargers 33, setting up TD that closed San Diego’s lead to 24-21 … Also at San Diego, had an eight-yard sack of Philip Rivers in fourth quarter and added two QB pressures plus a tackle-for-loss on a rushing play.
2008 - Opened pro career with a pair of 11-tackle games, leading team in NFL debut Sept. 7 at Baltimore, and Sept. 14 vs. Tennessee, including two for-loss ... Had another 11-tackle effort Sept. 28 vs. Cleveland, leading team in solos (nine) ... On Oct. 5 at Dallas, led LBs in tackles (eight), forced a fumble and recorded his first INT ... Late in third quarter at Dallas, with Bengals trailing 17-13, Rivers forced a Marion Barber fumble (Cowboys recovered), and two plays later Rivers picked off Tony Romo pass and returned it 39 yards to Dallas 41, setting up FG drive ... Four tackles and one special-teams tackle Oct. 12 at N.Y. Jets.
COLLEGE: Played four seasons (2004-07) at USC, capped by earning first-team All-America honors in 2007 from Sports Illustrated and Pro Football Weekly … Played 49 games with 36 starts, and helped USC to a 47-5 record over his four seasons … As a senior, finished second in tackles (78) on a defense that ranked second in nation in fewest points allowed (16.0 avg.) and fewest yards allowed (273.2 avg.) … Played in all 13 games as a freshman for 2004 club that claimed national championship with a 55-19 dismantling of Oklahoma in FedEx Orange Bowl … Career totals included 240 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 18.5 tackles-for-loss, six fumble recoveries, five forced fumbles and two INTs.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Lake Mary, Fla. … Attended Lake Mary High School, where his multiple All-America football honors included nods from USA Today and Parade … Named Gatorade Florida Football Player of the Year as a senior … Born in Riverside, Calif., and lived in nearby San Bernardino for eight years before his family moved to Florida … Majored in public policy, management and planning at Southern Cal.