Tuesday, August 19, 2003

Notes: Foley vows to try harder as No. 2

Displaced as LB starter by Ross

By Mark Curnutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

GEORGETOWN, Ky. - Linebacker Steve Foley has missed the last 20 Bengals regular games because of assorted injuries.

After opening the preseason as the starting strong-side linebacker, Foley was demoted for the Detroit preseason game Saturday night. Adrian Ross started there.

"Adrian went out and did very, very well," coach Marvin Lewis said Monday. "He handled his assignments. But it's important that we play to our assignments."

Lewis did applaud Foley on consecutive plays at the end of practice Monday.

"We're not mad at anybody. We're coaching everybody," Lewis said. "Sometimes when you get put back a spot it makes you pay more attention to the details of what you're supposed to do and kind of bring the cream to the top. Hopefully, that spurs everybody on and makes us a better team."

Foley made 44 consecutive starts before a lower back strain ended his 2001 season.

A dislocated right shoulder in the third preseason game last year put him on the Injured Reserve list.

"Well, no matter how you look at it, you don't want be a No. 2," Foley said after practice. "You don't want to be the guy looking at the back of the other guy's number.

"Once I get everything down, once I get my footwork down, it's going to allow me to be a lot better player. And there's no doubt I'll be back in there."

SIX PACK: Former Highlands High School and Kentucky Wildcats star Derek Smith was one of six players waived Monday by the Bengals.

Former Cincinnati Bearcats defensive tackle Mario Monds also was waived.

Smith, a tight end, had one reception for 5 yards in two preseason games. He had spent Games 9-16 last season on the Bengals practice squad. Smith started his NFL career as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Colts.

The other players waived were first-year fullback Terry Witherspoon and rookies Dustin McQuivey (center, Utah), Rodney Thomas (linebacker, Clemson) and Adam Ziesel (wide receiver, Missouri Western).

The moves leave the Bengals with 73 players on the roster. The first NFL roster cut-down is on Aug. 26, when the squad limit will be 65. The final cut-down to a regular-season roster of 53 players must be completed by Aug. 31.

NEW DEAL: Georgetown College officials and the Bengals have called a news conference for 1:30 p.m. today to announce a new multi-year contract that will bring the Bengals back for training camp.

This camp is the last of a seven-year contract, and both sides wanted a new agreement in place before camp breaks on Thursday.

GOING HOME: Peter Warrick returned to camp Monday after attending his grandfather's funeral over the weekend in Bradenton, Fla. He was excused from Saturday night's preseason game.

"I think it's good you go home so you can get it off your mind," Warrick said. "If I have a bad game, people say it was for this reason. You go home and get it all behind you."

BACK TO WORK: The Bengals practiced from 4-5:30 p.m. Monday, and Lewis was happy with the tempo. "It was kind of a tougher day. We worked hard today," he said. "We came out and were ready to play football. We weren't pulling teeth today. That's a step in the right direction, now we have to follow it up the rest of the week."

The Bengals will break camp after a Thursday morning practice.


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