Shaun Smith returns, again

When the Bengals cut defensive tackle Shaun Smith only three days after re-signing him last week, we initially assumed that he already had said or done something that he shouldn’t have said or done.


But Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported that the move resulted from the team’s need for another defensive back against the Vikings, and that Smith could be back this week.

And back he is.

The Bengals have re-re-signed Smith, cutting receiver Maurice Purify.

Cincinnati is light at defensive tackle due to injuries to Domata Peko and others.  As it turns out, they needed the help in the secondary on Sunday, since Chris Crocker re-injured an ankle and made a fairly early exit.  James Walker of recently reported that Crocker is expected to miss two-to-three weeks.

11 responses to “Shaun Smith returns, again

  1. I dont get it? We sign Purify to suit up when Henry went down. Now we cut him? Jerome Simpson needs to get his head out of my ass!

  2. He rubs people the wrong way but fact is that he is good on run downs.
    Maybe he has matured a bit or understands he is getting his last chance.
    Bengals, plz give Jerome Simpson a chance to spread the field. Surprise a team by activating him for a game.

  3. There is no other option but to activate Jerome Simpson. Man, Joe Reedy on the Bengals chat yesterday was asked if Reedy had seen Simpson in practice and if he was that bad. Reedy responded by saying Yes! Kind of scary! Of course, the Bengals seem to excel at having invisible receivers: Caldwell, Coles, Purify? Hell, why not add Simpson to the mix?

  4. Paging Joey Galloway??
    You got a few games left in you? Can’t be that difficult to learn the playbook they gave Chris Henry!!
    Defenses will have to cover him if he goes deep, it wasnt but four or five years ago, this guy was actually good!

  5. Joe Reedy’s, Cincinnati Enquirer, reply to my email about Jerome Simpson…he replied around 9 AM before this signing and here is what he had to say,
    “Until Jerome can run the same route two straight times without any problems and doesn’t need three coaches tutoring him on the playbook and has the trust of Palmer, he’s not getting out there. He’s getting closer.”
    Joe Reedy
    Bengals/NFL Writer, The Cincinnati Enquirer and Cincinnati.Com
    Twitter: @joereedy

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