Scott expected to miss first camp

BY GEOFF HOBSON

The Bengals expect wide receiver Darnay Scott to miss the club's first minicamp as he continues to recover from his broken left leg.

Scott, who broke two bones in his lower leg Aug. 1, had two screws removed last week and won't be able to run for another two to three weeks.

"There's an outside chance he could be cleared for minicamp," said trainer Paul Sparling of the workouts to be held either the last weekend in April or the first weekend in May.

"He can do some swimming and biking and get on the stepper," Sparling said. "He's going to lay low for the next few weeks, but he had been progressing."

Defensive tackle Tom Barndt is the only Bengal who knows he won't be cleared

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for minicamp. Barndt had surgery four weeks ago on the torn pectoral muscle that hampered him since training camp, cost him two games and 11 starts, and held him to just 12 tackles all season.

Sparling said Barndt should be cleared in time for training camp.

Defensive end Vaughn Booker, who had his knee cleaned out after the season, is set for minicamp. So is linebacker Adrian Ross after he underwent surgery for his injured hand tendon.

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