After a 4 game suspension, the Bengals will have offensive guard Bobbie Williams back in the fold. Williams was out for the suspension due to a a violation of performance-enhancing substances. Williams is being placed on a week long roster exemption to allow him to practice with the team.
As game day approaches the team must cut another player to be able to place Williams on the game day roster. This brings the question of who do the Bengals part ways with to make room for their starting guard? OG Otis Hudson? RB Cedric Peerman? Rookie TE Colin Cochart? WR Andrew Hawkins? This is why the Bengals filed for the exemption, it’s not going to be an easy choice, and most of these players would easily catch on at another team. Luckily they have a few more days to decide.
Williams has been a key component to the Bengals for years. Since arriving in Cincinnati in 2004 Williams has never missed a start due to a football related injury, and including the last 4 weeks has only missed 7 games in his entire Bengal Career. Bobbie may not be a common household name to most NFL fans, but Bobbie is one of the better run blocking OG’s in the NFL. With his presence back in the line up, the Bengals run game should really start to take off.