Apparently convinced that left end Robert Geathers is going to be ready for the regular-season opener following Friday's arthroscopic knee surgery and anticipating a numbers crunch on the defensive line, the Bengals released veteran defensive end Derrick Harvey before Sunday night's mock game at Paul Brown Stadium.
Harvey, a former No. 1 pick working on his third team, made a stop on the goal-line for the second unit in Saturday's scrimmage. But that didn't stop one of the potential scenarios in Bengals camp, where the club is looking at carrying extra defensive backs because of the battered cornerback position and carrying as few as eight defensive linemen.
With Geathers, backup Carlos Dunlap, fellow line starters Geno Atkins, Domata Peko and Michael Johnson, as well as rookie tackles Devon Still and Brandon Thompson presumably safe, that leaves one spot for such players tackle Pat Sims and end Jamaal Anderson in one of the many scenarios.
SLANTS AND SCREENS
» Head coach Marvin Lewis and some of his players are headed to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on Monday to have lunch with 10 airmen. Tight end Jermaine Gresham, wide receiver
A.J. Green, middle linebacker Ray Maualuga, defensive tackle Geno Atkins, and cornerback Adam Jones are in the traveling party to Dayton.
» Also Monday, quarterback Andy Dalton and wife Jordan are hosting about 100 people at their King For A Day event at Kings Island, where special needs children and their families are treated to lunch and free rides.
» Friday night's preseason opener at PBS against the Jets is tape-delayed on Cincinnati's Channel 12 at 11:35 p.m.