Saturday, March 17, 2001

Bengals' Scott cleared to run

Receiver should be ready for minicamp in May

By Mark Curnutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The Bengals' NFL-worst passing game got a shot in the arm Friday when wide receiver Darnay Scott's broken leg was declared fit to begin running.

        Scott could begin working out at Paul Brown Stadium and should be ready to participate in minicamp May 4-7.

        “He is fully and completely healed,” Bengals trainer Paul Sparling said. “His only limits are the soreness he might experience and his cardiovascular conditioning. We don't know what kind of impact the injury will have on his speed.”

        Scott, 28, broke two bones in his lower leg — the tibia and fibula - during an Aug.1 training camp workout. The Bengals had released his longtime running mate, Carl Pickens, two weeks earlier, and Scott was going to get his chance to be the No.1 receiver.

        His loss forced the Bengals to start two rookie wide receivers, Peter Warrick and Ron Dugans, for the first five games.

        Scott will begin running Monday on an underwater treadmill at Paul Brown Stadium, Sparling said. He will alternate weeks re habilitating in Cincinnati and St.Louis, where Scott lives in the offseason.

        “Losing Darnay was a big blow to us last year,” said Jim Lippincott, Bengals director of pro/college personnel. “He gives you vertical stretch to the field and veteran leadership.”


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