Thursday, October 10, 2002

LeBeau will jump in river if Bengals win

By Mark Curnutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Dick LeBeau is a former defensive coordinator for Steelers coach Bill Cowher. Last week, when another former Cowher defensive coordinator, New Orleans coach Jim Haslett, beat his former boss, Saints players doused Haslett in ice cubes.

        On Wednesday's conference call with Pittsburgh writers, LeBeau was asked if Bengals players would do the same.

        “If we win,” LeBeau said, “I will dive into the Ohio River.”

        Asked if some Bengals fans might hold him to that, LeBeau said, “Well, we may have to take poetic license on that.”

        HURT FEELINGS: Two days have not done much to soften Peter Warrick's anger at being replaced as punt returner.

        Sunday against the Colts, Warrick fumbled and lost a punt at the 5-yard line, a turnover that set up an easy touchdown.

        “Everybody makes mistakes. I made a mistake,” Warrick said. “They will do what they want. I make a mistake, and everybody knows about it.”

        T.J. Houshmandzadeh will be the Bengals' primary punt returner, with cornerback Jeff Burris also in the mix.

        INJURY UPDATE: Linebacker Brian Simmons (neck stinger) remains questionable for Sunday and will not practice until Friday. Cornerback Artrell Hawkins (knee) and right tackle Willie Anderson (neck) are probable.

        If Simmons can't play, outside linebacker Adrian Ross would move to the middle, and Canute Curtis would play the other outside spot opposite Takeo Spikes.

        ON YOUR SLEEVE: The replica Corey Dillon Bengals jersey was the 25th-best seller from April1 through Sept.30 on The top five were jerseys of Chicago's Brian Urlacher, New England's Tom Brady, Atlanta's Michael Vick, San Francisco's Jeff Garcia and Miami's Ricky Williams.


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