Saturday, December 09, 2000

Bengals Notebook

Mitchell, Jackson seem set to play

By Mark Curnutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Scott Mitchell practiced for the third consecutive day Friday and continues to improve.

        The veteran quarterback, who suffered a sprained ligament in his left knee in his first start of the season, Nov.19 at New England, will make his third Bengals start Sunday at Tennessee.

        “He's getting more and more confidence in it,” coach Dick LeBeau said after the Friday walk-through.

        Left tackle John Jackson also practiced and could see his first action since he reinjured a hamstring Nov.12 at Dallas. Jackson has been inactive the past two games.

        NEW FACE: Defensive tackle Keith Jackson worked out for the Bengals on Friday and was signed to the team's practice squad.

        Jackson was in training camp with the Dallas Cowboys as a rookie free agent and was released Aug.22. He signed and played five weeks with the British Columbia Lions of the Cana dian Football League and was released Nov.17 in a move designed to help him sign with a NFL team.

        Jackson is 6-foot-4, 319 pounds and played college ball at Cheyney University in Pennsylvania.

        BOOKER DONE: Defensive end Vaughn Booker was placed on injured reserve Thursday following surgery to remove a cyst from his knee. He had started nine of the Bengals' 13 games this season at left end. He is out for the season.

        Veteran Jevon Langford will start in Booker's spot, and Reinard Wilson will see plenty of action at end, too, LeBeau said. Across the front four, the Bengals will start Michael Bankston, Oliver Gibson, John Copeland and Langford.

        “I hope Jevon and Reinard get 25 or 30 snaps a piece, depending how many snaps we get,” LeBeau said. “We like the 50-snap games. We hope not for an 80-snap game.”

        REVERSE FIELD: Guard Roger Roesler was signed to the Bengals' 53-man roster Thursday, a day after he almost signed with the Arizona Cardinals.

        He met with Cardinals officials, but his agent negotiated a more lucrative deal with the Bengals.

        Roesler is 6-5, 315 pounds and played in college at Texas. He has been on the Bengals' practice squad all season.

        INACTIVES: The Friday inactives were fullback Clif Groce, running back Curtis Keaton and offensive line men Mike Doughty and Roesler.

        AUTOGRAPHS: Mitchell and linebacker Adrian Ross will be the next two Bengals players to sign free autographs on Tuesdays.

        Ross, the starting middle linebacker, will sign this Tuesday, and Mitchell will sign Dec.19. Both sessions will run from noon to 1p.m. at the Bengals Pro Shop on the plaza level of Paul Brown Stadium, which is at the north end of the stadium.


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