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Lewis: Palmer progressing

INDIANAPOLIS – Bengals coach Marvin Lewis this afternoon said that Carson Palmer is progressing well in his rehabilitation and fully expects him to be ready for the start of the 2006 season.

“Carson doesn’t change,” Lewis said when asked at the NFL scouting combine about Palmer’s mood. “His rehab is going along fine.”

Lewis would not say when Palmer is going to return to Cincinnati to continue his rehab. Palmer had surgery Jan. 10 to replace two torn ligaments (the anterior cruciate and medial collateral) in his left knee.

Lewis addressed national media first and then held a 20-minute session with local reporters during the combine’s third day.

Lewis also addressed some other lingering points for the first time:

--The Bengals will extend tender contract offers to their four restricted free agents: offensive lineman Scott Kooistra, wide receivers Kevin Walter and Kelley Washington and fullback Jeremi Johnson. All four players are probable to return to the Bengals in 2006.

--Lewis said that second-year wide receiver Tab Perry would likely not be switched to safety. Lewis called reports about a position change “speculation” and said offensive coaches are looking forward to getting Perry more involved as a receiver.

-- Lewis said that tailback Rudi Johnson played the entire 2005 season with torn knee cartilage that required offseason surgery.

-- And Lewis said receiver Chris Henry’s legal problems “are not as significant as you might think.

No charges have been filed and no court date set yet for Henry, who was charged with three gun-related charges Jan. 28 in Orlando, Fla., Orange County court officials said this morning.

Also today at the combine, NFL Players Association executive director Gene Upshaw sounded resigned to a stalemate in efforts to extend the league’s collective bargaining agreement.

“Nothing has changed that would change (the situation) by March 3,” Upshaw said.

March 3 is the scheduled start of the new league year. Veteran free agency is supposed to begin.

“Over the past 5-6 years, team franchise values have increased ... and the high revenue clubs are not sharing,” said Upshaw, who pointed to three major issues.

The union, Upshaw said, wants more “dollars coming into the system” for players.

“We want some sort of revenue sharing,” he said. “We will not approve any CBA that does not include revenue sharing and cost sharing.”

Upshaw said the union has supported the league loan program that has helped build new stadiums, and the union wants a share of the revenue if stadiums are sold.

The current agreement calls for 64 percent of television contracts and merchandise to be shared equally among the 32 teams. New streams of revenue, such as luxury box income, personal seat licenses and signage, are not shared. The union wants all revenue included and shared.

One faction of owners – such as Dallas’ Jerry Jones, Washington’s Dan Snyder and Houston’s Bob McNair – do not want the additional revenue streams shared. Owners of “small-market” teams such as Mike Brown of the Bengals and Dan Rooney of the Steelers want increased revenue sharing to help maintain competitive balance, they say.

Each percentage point increase in the CBA to the union is worth about $2.5 million per team, Upshaw said.

The salary cap for 2006 will be announced within the next week at $92 million-$95 million. Upshaw thinks $96 million-$97 million is more fair and accurate. Each team is also going to pay $13.8 million in benefits.

If an agreement on an extension is not reached by the end of the year, 2007 will become a year without a salary cap. But in addition to no salary cap, players and their families would lose their health insurance and would not receive a contribution to their retirement fund.

In one other minor piece of NFL news this morning, the 49ers won the coin flip with the Raiders and will draft sixth overall. Oakland will draft seventh. The teams finished with identical records and strength of schedule.

http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/a...240016/-1/CINCI

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Henry’s legal problems “are not as significant as you might think

Oh yes they are! But only if it were just us regular non celebrity, middle class types who were facing those very significant charges. It's just that the money he has at his disposal to fight makes almost any charge seem insignificant. Just ask this guy: a_simpson_i.jpg Yeah, no s**t! Those serious to you or I MURDER charges that were brought against this former nfl star didn't hardly cut into his golfing games, much less his lifestyle

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Lewis did allow he has yet to speak with wide receiver Chris Henry since he was hit with felony gun charges in Florida last month. As Henry waits for formal charges to be filed, Lewis hinted there may be more to the original story but he also called it “a foolish mistake,” and said that while Henry had baggage coming out of West Virginia last year he didn’t have anything that foreshadowed his recent problems that also include an arrest on marijuana possession.

http://www.bengals.com/news/news.asp?story_id=5099

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A couple of things, first love your posts old schooler. The real? is will Palmer be able to take the snaps in camp. He very well might be physically ready but he is going to need snaps in pre-season and how does Marvin handle that. Marvin stated that the guy they sign will get all the snaps and thats the way they will aproach it. So whats that tell you? Well Palmer wont be starting next year. It will be interesting how many snaps Palmer takes in the pre-season.

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"No charges have been filed and no court date set yet for Henry, who was charged with three gun-related charges Jan. 28 in Orlando, Fla., Orange County court officials said this morning."

I don't get it. No chargees were filed, but he was charged with 3 gun related charges? So which is it?

he's gonna get off scott free? :P

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"No charges have been filed and no court date set yet for Henry, who was charged with three gun-related charges Jan. 28 in Orlando, Fla., Orange County court officials said this morning."

I don't get it. No chargees were filed, but he was charged with 3 gun related charges? So which is it?

he's gonna get off scott free? :P

You know it all honesty I would not be surprised if he did get off scott free. That is something that is sad about the world today but you know what I hope he does get off and that Marvin straightens him out. Because if Henry can get his stuff in control he is going to be crucial to us getting a Super Bowl ourselves.

I mean just look at the kid he is a physical clone of Chad and we all know the only thing better then one Chad is two of them. He just need to quit smoking grass, get rid of his gun and maybe not drop so many balls and he will be a future pro bowler.

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I don't get it. No chargees were filed, but he was charged with 3 gun related charges? So which is it?

He was arrested and booked on 3 charges, but the district attorney hasn't filed charges with the court.

Could mean they're taking it to the Grand Jury. Or it could mean Henry's attorney is working behind the scenes, maybe offering testimony on the stolen gun in exchange for lesser charges.

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I don't get it. No chargees were filed, but he was charged with 3 gun related charges? So which is it?

He was arrested and booked on 3 charges, but the district attorney hasn't filed charges with the court.

Could mean they're taking it to the Grand Jury. Or it could mean Henry's attorney is working behind the scenes, maybe offering testimony on the stolen gun in exchange for lesser charges.

hopfully it's the 2nd one :P if henrys back next year i'd be fine with 3rd rnd TE :P though 1/2 still be very sexy

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Marvin is usually not forthcoming with injury info. He is either

1. trying to sell tickets.

2. keep fans positive. or

3. snowball opponents even in the off-season.

I really have a hard time believing that Carson will be back from such a serious injury by game 1.

:bengal:

I do cause he's a Qb, he wont have ot make certain athletic manuevers another player would have to make.

Also I think henry will be back easily, he waved a gun around, liek a dumbass, the charges will probably be dropped, IMO the Mary jane charges are the bigger problem.

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Marvin is usually not forthcoming with injury info. He is either

1. trying to sell tickets.

2. keep fans positive. or

3. snowball opponents even in the off-season.

I really have a hard time believing that Carson will be back from such a serious injury by game 1.

:bengal:

I do cause he's a Qb, he wont have ot make certain athletic manuevers another player would have to make.

Also I think henry will be back easily, he waved a gun around, liek a dumbass, the charges will probably be dropped, IMO the Mary jane charges are the bigger problem.

We'll see on Palmer. He won't have to make jukes like a RB... but he's not Dan Marino either. He makes a lot of throws on the run... and we won't be bringing him back before we know he's not a risk to re-injure it.

As for Henry... this has been discussed ad nauseam, but he didn't just wave the gun around. He pointed it. You or I would be going to jail... so if he doesn't, he can thank the great lawyer that his NFL paycheck afforded him.

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Either I am a gullable SOB, an optimist or Im just friggin delerious.

As of now, I do believe Lewis when he says that Palmer will be ready for opening of 2006.

As for Henry, I think that he will be back as well, that is unless he gets in trouble again. If I were Lewis or the GM I would have a nice talk with Henry and re-negotiate his contract, and adding a clause saying that if he gets into trouble one more time we suspend him for four games, then after that, put him on the inactive list( just like Philly did to TO).

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