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Bengals continue to wait for Antonio Bryant

The Bengals insisted Antonio Bryant was healthier than people said to start training camp, even making a show of having him practice in the team’s first session.

That decision has backfired.

Bryant looked gimpy then, and hasn’t been seen on the field since.  The team can no longer use the PUP list as a crutch, and Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com uses some interesting language to describe Bryant’s predicament.

“All indications are the Bengals aren’t going to fool around,” Hobson writes.  “They want
to give Bryant time to rehab, but they also want to know if he can give
them anything before they decide to cut some younger players. The
thinking is they’ll see what he can do in the final three preseason
games or so and they’ll know for sure.”

We’re not sure what the team’s options are.  Bryant has seemingly been paid too much already to cut.  They could park him on the roster and hope he recovers or place him on injured reserve and count this as an unbelievable expensive redshirt year for the team.

The team has four roster locks — Chad Ochocinco, Terrell Owens, Jordan Shipley, and Andre Caldwell.  Matt Jones appears to be on the way out, with Jerome Simpson and Maurice Purify fighting for a spot or two depending on what happens to Bryant.

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31 Responses to “Bengals continue to wait for Antonio Bryant”
  1. Wonka says: Aug 5, 2010 11:44 AM

    And we’re supposed to think the Bengals offense is going to be worth a shit this year? Ocho and TO are needy drama queens in their mid 30′s. Palmer has sucked ever since he got hurt 4 years ago. Bengals will struggle to win 8 games this year. Write that down!

  2. weswelkerspornstash says: Aug 5, 2010 11:45 AM

    After hardknocks last season, I question the ability of the bengals upper managment. Not Marvin Lewis, he is playing with the cards he has been dealt.

  3. FreezerBowlSurvivor says: Aug 5, 2010 11:50 AM

    For all the things this org has done right recently, they still have way too many misses, obvious misses in their due dilligence of player acquisition…if there is such a thing with this franchise. Antonio Bryant and Fatboy Andre Smith are glaring (and expensive) misses which inidicate that not much has changed with the Bengals in regards to scouting personnel. Both should be cut, but they can’t because of the cap consequences.

  4. DC_Bengals_Fan says: Aug 5, 2010 12:01 PM

    @Wonka
    “Ocho and TO are needy drama queens in their mid 30′s.”
    Yeah, and? They both played at a high level last year, and TO’s numbers would have been much better had it not been for BUF’s terrible QB situation. The Bengals also have some very good young receivers.
    “Palmer has sucked ever since he got hurt 4 years ago.”
    Wrong again. He was good in ’06 and ’07. He was hurt again in ’08. His numbers would have been fine last year, but his WRs were terrible – see Coles, Laverneus.
    I’ll also note you ignore their running game, which is quite good. And their defense.
    “Bengals will struggle to win 8 games this year. Write that down!”
    Bengals will win at least 10. Grab your Crayola.
    @FreezerBowlSurvivor
    “Both should be cut, but they can’t because of the cap consequences.”
    There is no cap this year – pay attention, we’ll be asking questions later.
    Andre Smith won’t be cut because he’ll be good if his dumb fat ass can get on the field. Bryant won’t be cut because they paid him too much already this year. If he’s not healthy, he’s out next year. You’re right about that. But you ignore the hits they’ve had lately – significant wins with cheaper FAs and late picks, and second-chance guys like Benson.
    You can’t look at the Bengals roster and not think they’ve got enough to win quite a few games.

  5. wrekOgnize says: Aug 5, 2010 12:01 PM

    Wonka says:
    August 5, 2010 11:44 AM
    And we’re supposed to think the Bengals offense is going to be worth a shit this year? Ocho and TO are needy drama queens in their mid 30′s. Palmer has sucked ever since he got hurt 4 years ago. Bengals will struggle to win 8 games this year. Write that down!
    ————————————–
    D-E-F-E-N-S-E!

  6. BengalsDouche2 says: Aug 5, 2010 12:03 PM

    We have the smallest and most unqualified scouting “department” in the league. What do you expect? Mike Brown has hired family members to be “scouts”. Most of them never had any professional scouting experience. Given the fact that we have the worst upper management in the league, we are still a strong team and will be hard to be stopped this year.

  7. jwill007 says: Aug 5, 2010 12:04 PM

    They will keep him but this looks and smells like another Peter Warrick degenerative knee issue that lead him eventually out of the league….We will see…If we lose Bryant then we go with Shipley and Caldwell in the slot and both have been DESTROYING the slot in camp especially Shipley who had 2 TD’s in the red zone yesterday….Word is Ship plays like a seasoned vet for a rookie and TO just burned a Pro Bowl style corner in Leon Hall(6 INTs in 2009 on a #4 rated defense that was top 10 in pass defense) for 55 yards and a TD..
    So all you TO haters keep thinking its gonna blow up….if we have our offense all season healthy thats not happening..AND PLEASE leave TO 1 on 1 and double Chad and you will help him reach his incentives….As Marco said in “Taken”…….”GOOD LUCK”

  8. Ridnaway says: Aug 5, 2010 12:05 PM

    Apparently Andre Smith spent the off-season causing several buffet style restaurants to close down. He reported to camp at 370 lbs. and Marvin Lewis is furious. The defense is overwheming the offense in camp and Carson is getting about two seconds to throw the ball hitting his hot reads.
    Antonio Bryant keeps insisting he’s just being cautious and wants to be 100 percent before he comes back…….. we’ll see.

  9. Crip2knight says: Aug 5, 2010 12:06 PM

    @FreezerBowl Survivor
    which inidicate that not much has changed with the Bengals in regards to scouting personnel.
    Ok so teams that have scouting don’t have this problem? This happens to every team quite often.
    It has nothing to do with scouting. It’s bad luck plain and simple.

  10. Zach says: Aug 5, 2010 12:06 PM

    Ravens to the SB!
    (But you can’t throw against us, please)

  11. odell says: Aug 5, 2010 12:08 PM

    Interesting take Greg, but maybe he is just making sure he doesn’t tweak it seeing how he lost last season due to reinjuring it because he came back TOO EARLY… lets see what the season brings before we jump to any conclusions.
    Just love the haters this season, the more the hate the better the Bengals must be. Just saying…

  12. Wonka says: Aug 5, 2010 12:14 PM

    The Ravens secondary is awful. The Bengals defense is still only 3rd best in this division. The Steelers have the fewest holes, and if they come out of the first 4 games 2-2 or better they will win the AFC North this year.
    Hell everyone is sucking off the Ravens, but they only beat the Steelers by 3 in OT last year despite Roethlisberger, Polamlau, Ward, and Aaron Smith missing that game!

  13. Tigers Johnson says: Aug 5, 2010 12:15 PM

    Don’t forget Dez Briscoe…

  14. Whodey08 says: Aug 5, 2010 12:27 PM

    FBowlSurvivor
    There is no cap this year so no cap hits for cutting dead weight

  15. steven_holt says: Aug 5, 2010 12:27 PM

    I day Dez briscoe and most importantly Quan Cosby, have jobs over purify…

  16. BengalsDouche2 says: Aug 5, 2010 12:28 PM

    Wonka- 3rd best in the division???? Really??? WTF are you smoking? Our defense is playing so much better than any team in our division.

  17. edgy says: Aug 5, 2010 12:29 PM

    I think that they should keep the three guys on the bubble for the full preseason to see if Jones can get his act together because he can do the most for the team if he finds himself. I’d go with putting Bryant on IR and just try to whittle it down to 2 of the 3 to back up TO and OC because I think that Caldwell and Shipley should have the slot manned nicely.

  18. malikjones2 says: Aug 5, 2010 12:31 PM

    YO bra, where u at, love that link u sent me http://sportscomplainer.com/nfl , i found one for you its sportspickle.com bye now

  19. kendog says: Aug 5, 2010 12:40 PM

    Wonka, I should have known you were a squealers fan. You’re as delusional as all the rest of them. Your offensive line is used as the backup turnstiles at Pirate’s games in the offseason, and your #1 receiver whines hard, wouldn’t be in top three on either the Bengals or the ratbirds. Something tells me that Jan 2 when your team plays the Browns, we’ll be calling it the “Toilet Bowl” since it will be for last place in the AFCN!

  20. stan26 says: Aug 5, 2010 12:43 PM

    Did they ever talk to the Bucs before signing him?
    He was a decent player before he had his surgery and then fell way off because of his health issues.
    Someone screwed up big time.

  21. TexasMadDog says: Aug 5, 2010 12:43 PM

    Go Dallas Cowboys

  22. 7370355q$ says: Aug 5, 2010 12:44 PM

    @BengalsDouche2
    Statistically the Bengals do possess he 3rd ranked defense in the division, which is no knock on the bengals it just speaks volumes as to how defensively dominated this division is.

  23. Law-Deezie says: Aug 5, 2010 12:58 PM

    Really people???
    The “BUNGLES” are freaking garbage…always have been. They drafted in the top 10 for a decade and still have yet to win jack….ok, a division title then blasted by a rookie QB in the playoffs……Pittsburgh wins the division easily, especially if they go at least 2-2 with Big Ben out and especially with the Ravens having CB issues.

  24. Jungle Juice says: Aug 5, 2010 1:08 PM

    The good thing is they don’t even need Bryant. With the 3rd receiver being either Caldwell or Shipley, I’m not complaining. And Matt Jones or Jerome Simpson can just take off for the endzone on 4 receiver sets and there are very few CBs that could keep up with them or out jump them.
    Throw Gresham and/or Coffman in there as an option and I believe we can pass to somebody.
    Name one team with the DBs and LBs that can stop that.

  25. wrekOgnize says: Aug 5, 2010 1:15 PM

    I wish I had a job reading team’s websites and facebook/twitter pages all day long. Then posting what I read on a blog site.

  26. Roethlisberger's Bitch Tits says: Aug 5, 2010 1:28 PM

    Law-Deezie:
    “Blasted by a rookie qb in the playoffs…..”
    Oh you saw that game did ya? So did your beloved Squeelers at home on their couches.

  27. WhoPlaysWhere says: Aug 5, 2010 1:33 PM

    WR – OchoCinco
    WR – TO
    WR – Shipley
    TE – Gresham
    RB – Benson
    QB – Palmer
    Laughing as we’re leading the league in scoring to compliment a Top 10 defense.

  28. HornedHelmet says: Aug 5, 2010 2:11 PM

    The Bungles have fans? WHODEY gonna arrest next?

  29. Steel Dahn Sahth says: Aug 5, 2010 2:14 PM

    Laughing as Ben’sGals fans holding on to stats…..
    Welcome to the fantasy football generation …..
    No coaching. No scouting. Supposedly SB contenders, but can’t sell tickets. Offense full of drama queens. But hey, you got those stats… Good luck with that. Hope those stats can win you a championship. I’m sure all those “team players” will bond together and bring you home a trophy. Seriously.

  30. Ravenator says: Aug 5, 2010 7:09 PM

    hahahahaha pooooor bungalssss
    no crying after rice torches your D in week 2

  31. Laxer37 says: Aug 5, 2010 7:48 PM

    WhoPlaysWhere says:
    WR – OchoCinco
    WR – TO
    WR – Shipley
    TE – Gresham
    RB – Benson
    QB – Palmer
    Laughing as we’re leading the league in scoring to compliment a Top 10 defense.
    ————————————————–
    Reality check from a non-Homer.
    WR – OchoCinco – Stud
    WR – TO – Easily covered by most team’s #2 CB in “09
    WR – Shipley – Never played an NFL down
    TE – Gresham – Never played an NFL down
    RB – Benson – Stud
    QB – Palmer – Clearly on the decline, accuracy was awful in ’09

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