Wednesday, July 31, 2002

Westbrook's surgery goes well




By Mark Curnutte mcurnutte@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        GEORGETOWN, Ky. -- Wide receiver Michael Westbrook had no complications from Tuesday morning's surgery at University Hospital to insert a screw into the broken navicular bone in his left wrist. His wrist was put in a hard cast, and he is expected to miss the rest of the preseason.

        Linebacker Takeo Spikes (tender hamstring), defensive end Reinard Wilson (groin), defensive end Vaughn Booker (general rest), running back Rudi Johnson (toe), linebacker Steve Foley (hip flexor) and cornerback Rodney Heath (ankle) did not practice Tuesday afternoon.

        Left tackle John Jackson returned to camp and spent most of the day in bed. He had an angiogram Monday that gave him a clean bill of health.

        Artrell Hawkins (knee) took off his pads halfway through the afternoon practice, and trainer Paul Sparling said the cornerback was having trouble going full speed. Hawkins is coming off an injury, suffered during May workouts, to his posterior cruciate ligament.

        Looking ahead to Saturday's intrasquad scrimmage, Sparling said Westbrook, Jackson and wide receiver Danny Farmer (hamstring) are out. Heath's status is questionable.

        CUTS: The Bengals made their first cuts of training camp, getting their roster to 82 players.

        Four undrafted rookie free agents were released: strong safety Robert Grant, guard John Grabowski, quarterback Gavin Hoffman and tight end Trent Sansbury.

        PSA: Defensive tackle Oliver Gibson filmed a public-service announcement between practices to promote the One for the Community program to benefit Cincinnati Public Schools. Gibson posed with children on the Rawlings Stadium field, and when a child threw a miniature football into the mix, Gibson had a good time throwing passes to the students and running after them.

        STORK REPORT: There has been an addition to the Bengals family. Safety Mark Roman, who was excused from practice Monday, became the father of a son, Justin Alexander Roman. He was born at Bethesda North Hospital at 11:41 a.m. Monday.

        Justin and his mother, Solita Boyd, Roman's wife, are doing well.

        Roman was back at practice Tuesday.

        IT'S OFFICIAL: First-year player Chris Edmonds is now a tight end. The former linebacker was given No. 87 on Tuesday.

       



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