Two Games Left Before The Show

By Marc Hardin
Fox Sports Ohio/Bengals Insider
August 23rd, 2010

VICTORIOUS BENGALS BASKING: The Bengals had a one-day, fan-friendly workout in Dayton, Ohio, in front of approximately 15,000 rabid supporters on a feel-good Sunday following Friday night’s 22-9 preseason home victory over Philadelphia. The Bengals are 2-1 heading into Saturday’s 6:30 p.m. road game at Buffalo. The preseason finale is Thursday, Sept. 2, in Indianapolis, which means the Bengals will have nine days to prepare for the New England Patriots following their final preseason action.

WILSON OUT FOR THE YEAR: Veteran safety Gibril Wilson is out for the year after tearing knee tendons (ACL and MCL) while making a tackle on a running play in the second quarter of Friday’s preseason win over the Eagles. Wilson, in his first season with the Bengals, his fourth team in four years, was an offseason free-agent acquisition from Miami. He was listed No. 2 at free safety behind starter Chris Crocker and had earned the coaches’ respect with his preparation and his play during training camp.

BENGALS RE-ACQUIRE WHITE: With Wilson heading to injured reserve and looking at a long rehab process, the team acquired a former Bengal to take his spot on the roster. Safety Marvin White, who was a Bengals fourth-round draft choice in 2007 and played with Cincinnati in 2007-08, signed with the team on Sunday. White was waived by Detroit on Wednesday. White played for Detroit and Dallas last season, getting into three games with the Cowboys, with no starts, and seeing action in 10 games with the Lions, with six starts. White, known as a hard-hitter with better run-stopping skills than cover skills, finished last season with 53 total tackles and six passes defensed. He has one career interception, in 2008 with Cincinnati, in 40 career games.

FREE-AGENT WOES CONTINUE: Wilson’s season-ending injury continues the team’s recent bad luck with free-agent signings. The Bengals’ marquee free-agent pick-up of the offseason, wide receiver Antonio Bryant, has been out since the first day of training camp. Bryant, who signed a four-year, $28 million contract, has aggravated a year-old knee injury first suffered during training camp last year while with Tampa Bay. The Bengals signed him to help the deep passing game after last year’s marquee free-agent pick-up, receiver Laveranues Coles, wound up being a bust in his one season in Cincinnati. Defensive end Antwan Odom, the team’s big free-agent signing of 2008, missed the last 10 games of 2009 after missing four games his first year in stripes.

WHITWORTH DOWN: Wilson’s injury is the first major one suffered by a Bengal during training camp. Elsewhere, there has been the usual bumps and bruises. Another injury that’s noteworthy, however, is the thumb injury that starting left tackle Andrew Whitworth apparently suffered in the game against the Eagles. Whitworth has been told by coaches not to talk about it. The Bengals may not play Whitworth for preseason game four on Saturday in Buffalo as a precaution. The injury does not appear to be something that will shelve Whitworth for the season-opener Sept. 12 at New England.