READY FOR CANTON — Today’s 3 p.m. practice is the final one before Sunday’s Hall of Fame Fame Game in Canton against Dallas. The team has tomorrow off and will travel upstate for the 8 p.m. nationally televised contest against the Cowboys while the other 30 NFL teams wait until next week’s preseason openers.
HONORS FOR LEBEAU — The Bengals will see one of their own inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday when Dick LeBeau receives the honor. Heisman Trophy winner “Hopalong” Cassady gave LeBeau his locker at Ohio State when he played for Woody Hayes. LeBeau played with Dick “Night Train” Lane in Detroit and set a Lions interception record with 62. He had two stints as Bengals defensive coordinator. He was head coach in Cincinnati from 2000-02. LeBeau invented the “Fire Zone” in Cincinnati. Today, it’s better known as the Zone Blitz. LeBeau still implements it in Pittsburgh where he is the defensive coordinator. He’ll turn 73 on Sept 9. and gets an early birthday present Sunday.
REUNION — It will be reunion weekend for some Bengals who used to be with the Dallas organization. Among the players who are former Cowboys are receiver Terrell Owens and safety Roy Williams. Offensive tackle Dennis Roland was originally signed by the Cowboys as a college free agent. Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer held the same position in Dallas. On the Cowboys side, quarterback Jon Kitna played with the Bengals. Dallas offensive tackle Robert Brewster is from Cincinnati.
LIMITED TIME — Head coach Marvin Lewis said he will play his starters on Sunday “some of the first quarter, and then we