BengalsMan3203 Posted October 20, 2009 Report Share Posted October 20, 2009 Notes: Smith to start practiceBy C. Trent Rosecrans, CNATI.com Posted October 19, 2009 4:26 PM ETBengals first-round pick Andre Smith could be ready to make his NFL debut as soon as the Nov. 8 game against the Baltimore Ravens, head coach Marvin Lewis said on Monday.Smith, who held out all of training camp and broke his foot in his third practice, will join the Bengals' practices this week, Lewis said. Lewis said he hopes to get Smith into a game after the bye week."(His progress) will be based on what we see as coaches and what the medical people feel," Lewis said. "He'll do some of the things. He won't do everything right now. We'll progress him week by week."Smith has worked out with the coaching and training staff on the side during practices, but has yet to work with the team. Lewis said it shouldn't be an issue."He's had a training camp. He's had a better training camp than what most guys would like to have," Lewis said. "He's had a training camp since the second week of the season when we got him off the crutches totally and got him in the pool and got him on the non-gravity treadmill."It has appeared that Smith has dropped quite a bit of weight since he's been working.ODOM ON IR -- The Bengals placed defensive end Antwan Odom on the Reserve/Injured list on Monday. Odom suffered a torn Achilles' tendon in Sunday's loss to the Texans and underwent surgery on Monday morning.Odom_Antwan.jpgAntwan OdomOdom was tied for the NFL lead in sacks with Denver's Elvis Dumervil with eight.Defensive tackle Domata Peko suffered a knee injury in the first quarter of Sunday's game and didn't return."Domata has a knee injury. It's not believed to be real severe and see how it goes," Lewis said.Lewis said safety Roy Williams (forearm) was "iffy" for this week."We'll see how Roy is during the week," Lewis said. "I just chose to let Roy rest last week, and we'll see how he responded to that."Running back Brian Leonard said he should be ready to return this week. He missed most of practice last week and Sunday's game with a groin injury."I feel real good right now and I hope I can go in practice Wednesday and see how it feels," Leonard said. "Working with the trainers, it's felt good, but football speed is a different thing."COFFMAN CLOSER -- With the recent drops and fumble by tight end Daniel Coats, many have asked where rookie tight end Chase Coffman has been. The Bengals' third-round pick out of Missouri has yet to make an appearance on the active roster.Coffman_Chasemug.jpgChase Coffman"I think you'll see Chase this year -- I'm anxious to see Chase," Lewis said. "Again, I've got to make those guys who suit up on Sunday, they can fulfill covering those kicks, they can do all those things Chase Coffman didn't do a whole lot of at the University of Missouri before he got here."Coats said he knows he's had a problem and is working hard to fix it."You just have to catch the football. It's something you've been doing since you were a young guy," Lewis said. "He caught a lot of passes after that one, but he fumbled one and that hurt us. You just have to run and catch the football. You keep doing it and doing it. Unfortunately, he's had some drops. This is professional football, and you can't stay around here very long if you keep dropping the football. It's not fair to the other guys around here. That standard ain't never going to change."Quarterback Carson Palmer said he hasn't lost confidence in any of his receivers."I have all the confidence in the world that our guys are going to catch all the balls in practice this week and show up on Sunday and catch the ball," Palmer said. "I don't ever assume there's a drop coming, or I don't ever assume a ball I might throw may go through someone's hands. I have to stay confident in those guys and they need to stay confident in themselves."NO NEWS IS GOOD NEWS -- New Bengals long snapper said he walked off the field after his first snap and heard his name being chanted by Bengals fans, happy the Bengals were able to convert an extra point.Harris_Clark.jpgClark Harris"As I came off to the sideline, I was talking to Shayne (Graham) and Kevin (Huber) they said they'd never heard such loud applause for an extra point," Harris said. "One small section started chanting my name."Harris said they chanted his last night -- perhaps because it was the part that was on the back of his jersey."They probably didn't know my first name," Harris said. "I'm surprised it wasn't a 46 chant, because they probably didn't know my first name."Harris said he enjoyed it, but doesn't expect it to be a trend."That's a first and a last, just like next week, they'll forget about me," Harris said.Harris' first snap wasn't perfect -- "it wasn't very good at all," he said -- but he did have a nice one on a 50-yarder at the end of the half."The snaps could have been better, but we got our job done, we didn't miss any field goals, no punts got blocked, so we did our job," Harris said.THUMBS UP -- Palmer said he'll continue to wear the brace and glove on his left thumb and that he's been doing all his handoffs with his right hand."I got used to it last week during practice and thankfully haven't had any issues with it yet and hope to keep it that way," Palmer said. "We got more practice with it last week and (Cedric Benson) did a great job making sure he got the ball in the right spot."/>http://cnati.com/cincinnati-bengals/notes-smith-to-start-practice-00492/The Big Guy should be ready for the Ravens, Coffman is getting close... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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