Saturday, September 22, 2001

Justin Smith makes debut Sunday

Bengals don't expect rookie to be 'savior'

By Mark Curnutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        In two weeks, rookie defensive end Justin Smith has made great strides and will make his NFL debut Sunday against Baltimore.

        “We're going to get him in the game,” coach Dick LeBeau said. “We'll gradually expand what he can do in the core defense. He's doing a good job.”

        Smith, whose contract holdout ended at 51 days Sept.8, has spent hours with defensive line coach Tim Krumrie to learn more of the defense.

        “I don't think he's very far away from being able to play our base stuff,” LeBeau said.

        Smith will play behind starter Vaughn Booker at right defensive end. Booker has been slowed this week with a thigh bruise but did practice Friday. Reinard Wilson will start at left end.

        “You can never have too many good players,” LeBeau said. “This really helps us a lot to have another good pass rusher up and active and ready to go.

        “I would hasten to add he's only been here a couple of weeks. He's going to have to grow into the National Football League. We don't expect him to be the great savior in the first game.”


        LeBeau said Bengals players are trying to organize a donation to terrorist victims in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania.

        “I think they're working on those types of things,” LeBeau said. “It's a good thing.”


        The Ravens have won the six straight from the Bengals to take a 7-3 series lead. The last Cincinnati victory was 16-14 in the final game of the 1997 season at Cinergy Field.

        HOT IN RED ZONE:

        The Bengals have scored every time they've had the ball inside the opponents' 20-yard line. In the preseason, they were 10 of 10 with five touchdowns and five field goals.

        In the regular-season opener against New England, the Bengals came away with a touchdown and two field goals on their three trips inside the 20.


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