Oct 14, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tackle Andre Smith (71) before the game against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Andre Smith Suffering from Injured Calf Entering Bengals Training Camp


Cincinnati Bengals players and coaches are officially reporting today for physicals and diagnosis of injuries that may prevent them from practicing. 

The Bengals have placed the following players on the Active/Non-football injury list: offensive tackle Andre Smith (calf) and RB Cedric Peerman (ankle) 

They’ve also placed receiver Tyrone Goard (finger), WR Brandon Tate (hamstring), FB Chris Pressley (knee), C Trevor Robinson Robinson (elbow) and RB Bernard Scott (knee) on the Active PUP list.


The biggest headline is that Pro Bowl offensive tackle Andre Smith won’t be on the field when the Bengals start practicing Thursday night due to a calf injury:

For the fourth time in five seasons, Smith will not be on the field for the first day of camp. He was placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list due to a calf injury. Smith signed a three-year extension on April 26 but missed all of offseason workouts due to what coach Marvin Lewis called a personal matter. Last season marked the first time that Smith has played in every game.


That’s a big blow and puts more doubt into the minds of his teammates and coaches that he is truly dedicate to the team. He missed the entire offseason workout program due to “personal issues”, and this is a bad way to start training camp. He’s arguably the team’s best offensive lineman, and the team needs him at 100% if they want to become contenders in 2013.

We’ll keep you posted as more information comes out regarding Smith and any other players.


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