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.