Tuesday, September 03, 2002

Dillon, Spikes among six elected captains

Glover put on practice squad

By Mark Curnutte, mcurnutte@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Bengals players have elected three captains on both offense and defense.

        The offensive captains are right tackle Willie Anderson, center Rich Braham and tailback Corey Dillon. The defensive captains are tackle Oliver Gibson, and linebackers Brian Simmons and Takeo Spikes, Bengals coach Dick LeBeau said Monday.

        PRACTICE SQUAD: These five players cleared waivers and were placed on the Bengals practice squad Monday afternoon: tight end Chris Edmonds, defensive tackle Ron Smith, linebacker Dwayne Levels, and cornerbacks Reggie Myles and LaVar Glover, the former UC star who played at Jefferson High School in Dayton.

        HEATH, BEAN GET JOBS: Cornerback Rodney Heath, waived Sunday by the Bengals, was claimed Monday by the Carolina Panthers and will receive his full $660,000 salary this season.

        “It couldn't happen to a nicer guy,” agent David Levine said the former Western Hills High School star.

        Levine said Heath was flying to Charlotte, N.C., for a 6 a.m. meeting today for a “crash course” with Carolina coaches and was expected to play in the Panthers' opener Sunday at home against Baltimore. The Bengals play at Carolina on Dec. 8.

        Heath had 23 starts in three seasons for his hometown Bengals.

        Also Monday, the Jacksonville Jaguars picked up cornerback Robert Bean on waivers. Bean also was let go Sunday by the Bengals. He had started eight games in two seasons.

        The Bengals are going with four cornerbacks; starters Jeff Burris and Artrell Hawkins and backups Kevin Kaesviharn and Bo Jennings.

        READY TO GO: LeBeau's Bengals finished first in the preseason in total offense, rushing yards, sacks allowed and third-down conversion rate, and second in time of possession. They also had a 2-2 record.

        “I've heard a lot of positives (from fans),” LeBeau said. “I didn't hear, "Same old Bengals.' I heard mostly, "Hey, you guys are doing pretty good, and you have an opportunity.'

        “That's what I'm trying to teach to our men. There's an opportunity here. No one knows what they are, no one in 32 (NFL) cities. It's about to unfold, and we're going to find out what we are. Let's leave it at that; I think we have an opportunity.”

        CHANGES: The Bengals fullback formerly known as Nick Williams, uniform No. 30, has legally changed his name.

        His name now is James Nicolas Williams Luchey, but he wants to be known as Nicolas Luchey. He said he sought the name change because Luchey is the family name of his biological father.

        Rookie kicker Travis Dorsch changed his uniform number from No.2 to No. 10.

        INJURY REPORT: Bengals starting right guard Mike Goff is probable for Sunday's regular-season opener after falling into a ravine while walking his dog. Goff suffered a lacerated right knee that required 18 stitches and a cut on the forehead that required three stitches.

        Also probable are tight end Sean Brewer (knee), Spikes (pectoral) and wide receiver Michael Westbrook (wrist). Westbrook is practicing with a soft cast on his left wrist to prevent hyperextension, trainer Paul Sparling said. Westbrook's thumb and fingers are exposed. Sparling expects Westbrook to wear the cast through Game6, Oct. 13 at home against the Steelers.

        SUITE DEAL: The Bengals have luxury suites available at Paul Brown Stadium for the UC-Ohio State football game on Sept. 21.

        The open-air suites cost $10,000 and include 20 tickets and catering. A suite that holds 30 also is available for the same price.


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