Mark Curnutte offers the latest on the Cincinnati Bengals

Mark Curnutte started covering the Bengals and the NFL for The Enquirer in 2000. He previously wrote about urban affairs and other social issues for the Enquirer. He won the prestigious 1994 Unity Award from Lincoln University (Missouri) for "A Polite Silence," a seven-day series about race relations in Greater Cincinnati. He also has worked as an assistant features editor and features writer at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. Curnutte is second vice president and a three-year board member of the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA). He is a 1984 Miami University graduate.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

T.J., Chad not at first OTA

The practice now underway for the Bengals, the first of 12 organized team activity (OTA) days, is described as a passing camp. No offensive linemen are present on the practice fields adjacent to Paul Brown Stadium.

Neither are the team's top two wide receivers, T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Chad Johnson. Johnson is threatening to holdout, and Houshmandzadeh -- as he did in 2007 -- prefers to work out in the offseason at home in California.

The wide receivers on the field are Marcus Maxwell, Doug Gabriel, Glenn Holt and Antonio Chatman. Rookie draft pick wide receivers Jerome Simpson, Andre Caldwell and Mario Urrutia aren't able to be here until next week because of league rule.

Tight ends Reggie Kelly, Ben Utecht, Daniel Coats and Nate Lawrie are on the field, too, with long-snapper/tight end Brad St. Louis.

The four top running backs are on the field: Rudi Johnson, Chris Perry, Kenny Watson and DeDe Dorsey. Kenny Irons is working on the sideline with a trainer.

Perry is on the field for the first time since fracturing his ankle in a November 2006 game at Cleveland, and his return bodes well for the offense, if he can stay healthy, and probably means the Bengals won't offer a contract to former Seahawks great Shaun Alexander.

Also cleared is safety Ethan Kilmer, who underwent knee surgery in August and missed all of the 2007 season on the injured reserve list.

All four quarterbacks are on the field: Carson Palmer, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jeff Rowe and Jordan Palmer.


at 5/13/2008 12:36 PM Blogger CanMickCoach? said...

thanks for the update. I'm a little surprised the O-line is not there. Is that normal?

Any word on NFL draft signings around the league? Do you have a website that lists those things?


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