Andre Smith out another 2-3 weeks

Marvin Lewis spoke to a large media contingent Thursday that was hoping to talk to Terrell Owens.  But the Bengals coach was still able to break some news.

Bengals second year tackle Andre Smith will miss at least the next 2-3 weeks of training camp as he continues to recover from his surgically repaired foot.  (Smith was expected to be ready for camp.) As Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer points out, that sort of timetable makes the regular season physically unable to perform list a possibility.

T.O. and Antonio Bryant are good for headlines, but Smith is far more important to the Bengals offense this year.  The Bengals offensive line was a pleasant surprise in 2009, but Smith was expected to provide a boost this season.

Bryant’s health was also a popular question on Thursday, but Lewis said that Bryant’s reported knee troubles did not play into the decision to sign Owens.  Asked how Bryant looked today, Lewis said, “We’ve had one practice, OK?”

Bryant will be limited to one practice a day as he gets healthy, which means T.O. should be able to line up across from Chad Ochocinco when the Bengals convene for their evening practice.