Williams to IR, Purify Promoted

The Cincinnati Bengals placed SS Roy Williams on injured reserve today, ending his 2009 season. Williams had been battling a bruise to the same forearm he broke in Dallas last year, and he fractured the bone again this week in practice. Head coach Marvin Lewis voiced strong support for Williams, whom he would like to have back next year. Williams signed a one-year deal with the Bengals this past offseason after getting cut by the Cowboys.

Replacing Williams on the roster is WR Maurice Purify. Ironically, Purify and Williams have something of a history: Maurice pwned Roy in the Oklahoma Drill during HBO’s Hard Knocks.

Purify brings more to the table than last year’s second-round pick Jerome Simpson in terms of blocking ability and special teams play. The latter was doubtless a factor as LB Brandon Johnson will apparently be needed in a starting role with LB Keith Rivers reportedly gone this week. Johnson should be solid in relief: he started eight games last season after Pittsburgh WR Hines Ward broke Rivers’ jaw, recording 32 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

Purify, who played high school ball with Rey Maualuga, was picked up by the Bengals in 2008 after a DUI led to the former Nebraska standout falling out of the draft. His physicality will be in high demand against Pittsburgh.

“Mo” sat down Wednesday to discuss his role in Cincinnati.

Thompson: When you were at Nebraska, you finished second all-time with 16 touchdowns. You were a playmaker who finished high on their list in total catches with 91. Talk a little bit about what you bring to the NFL as a receiver.

Purify: I’m pretty much possession receiver. I get behind the defense every once in a while, and I’m a guy who gives his team a first-and-ten. I’ll do all the dirty work–I like to block, I like to run down there on special teams. I’ll do anything.

With Williams’ move to IR, the Bengals now have a total of eight players on the IR list, including five starters/major contributors in Williams, Reggie Kelly, Ben Utecht, Chris Henry and Antwan Odom. It’s a testament to their depth that all the damage has yet to slow them on the field.

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  • victor24

    This game should put Coach Marvin Lewis as the sole front runner for ‘Coach of the Year’. After starting the season with an unproven Center, without a necessary 1st round OT and both starting TEs to IR, the O-Line is dominating in Rushing and Pass protection. After lossing a DE that lead the NFL in sacks to IR, the Defense has smothered Top Offenses. Injuries are continuing and so is Winning. Why? Answer: This is Coach Marvin Lewis’ football team and he has developed a winning formula. This isn’t a ‘Quarterback’s League’…. it’s a ‘Coach’s League’. Teams win because the head coach creates the team by a winning formula and the GM supports the Coach’s philosophy.
    I expect the Cincinnati Bengals to not only win this Sunday in Pittsburg, but leave “Leave No Doubt”. Even with Roy Williams to IR this will be a statement Defensive game. I also think many people will be suprised by an activated Andre Smith and he’s contribution to the Offense.