The Dearly Departed, Week 1
During free agency ’08, the Bengals lost three players — Landon Johnson, Madieu Williams and Justin Smith — and in their final cuts let fan favorites Rudi Johnson and Willie Anderson, as well as Deltha O’Neal, go. So, how did this years’ crop of ex-Bengals fare in week 1?
Williams, now a Viking, remains out with a preseason neck injury.
Anderson got to watch help his new team beat up his old team, but didn’t play.
Landon, who spurned a matching offer from Cincy after the Panthers promised him a starting spot, didn’t start and had no stats in Carolina’s upset of the Chargers.
In Detroit, Rudi had 14 yards on three carries, 12 of which came on a single lug.
Deltha had 3 tackles for the Patriots.
Finally, Justin Smith chalked up 7 tackles and half a sack in his debut as a 49er.
Oops! Forgot Ahmad Brooks, who didn’t play for San Fran Sunday.