Monday, August 12, 2002

Bengals notebook

Woodward grad Jackson given his walking papers

By Mark Curnutte,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        GEORGETOWN, Ky. — The Bengals released Woodward High graduate John Jackson on Sunday to give them more time and space to develop draft picks.

        The Bengals also wanted to give Jackson more time to catch on with another NFL team.

        “John, I think, wants to play one more year, at least one more year, so that was one of the factors in our decision,” Bengals coach Dick LeBeau said. “This will give him an opportunity to go to somebody else's football team, while they still have the luxury of looking at him.”

        Jackson, who has played 14 NFL seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers and Bengals, was dropped to third string this season when the Bengals spent their first-round draft pick on left tackle Levi Jones. Richmond Webb is listed as the starter at left tackle, and versatile Scott Rehberg also has been getting plays there.

        On the right side, Willie Anderson starts at tackle and is backed up by Jamain Stephens.

        Jackson, 37, was supposed to practice Sunday for the first time in training camp. He had missed the first two weeks-plus of camp because he had to recover from an angiogram performed July 29.

        While out, Jackson had been paying close attention to Jones' play.

        “The time that he was hurt, he had a lot of time to examine me and let me know exactly what he felt like I was messing up on,” Jones said. “He gave me a lot of advice on punching. His overall insight and knowledge of the NFL, there was nothing better than that.”

        Jim Lippincott, the Bengals' director of football operations, praised Jackson's contribution to the team in his two seasons.

        “John played well for us, and he showed a lot of young players how a professional should conduct himself both on and off the field,” Lippincott said.Last season, Jackson became the 171st NFL player to participate in 200 career games. His total stands at 203.

        MORE LEVI: LeBeau said he liked what he saw from Jones in his first NFL action Friday at Buffalo.

        “As is usually the case with first-year players, his errors were errors of technique, and when he got his technique right, he was a pretty good football player,” LeBeau said.

        HAPPY MAN: Tight end Sean Brewer also made his NFL debut, albeit in the preseason against the Bills, and he had three receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown.

        “To go out there and get two catches and, I'm not supposed to play in the second half, but to come out and play three plays and get a touchdown was icing on the cake,” said Brewer, who missed all of 2001 when a groin injury put him on the injured reserve list. “It was a big confidence booster. I got a little nicked up in the game — nothing serious. I practiced. I got a little beat up, but welcome to the NFL. I almost forgot that's how you feel after you play a game.”

        INJURY REPORT: Looking ahead to Saturday's game at Indianapolis, linebacker Takeo Spikes (slight pectoral muscle tear) and defensive lineman Eric Ogbogu (calf) are out. Cornerback Artrell Hawkins (knee) is doubtful because the game is indoors on artificial turf.

        Wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh (ankle) is questionable. Running back Brandon Bennett (foot) is probable.

        WELCOME BACK: Wide receiver Michael Westbrook (wrist) started running Sunday.

        The other players who also came back to practice: wide receiver Danny Farmer (limited), tight end Matt Schobel, linebacker Steve Foley and Stephens (non-contact).


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