Sunday, August 15, 2004

Monday's game day for Bengals

Storm's passing should allow for delayed matchup with Bucs

By Mark Curnutte
Enquirer staff writer

TAMPA, Fla. - The Bengals' extended trip to Florida should end with a game after all.

The Bengals are scheduled to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the preseason opener for both teams at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Raymond James Stadium.

The forecasted landfall of Hurricane Charley in the Tampa Bay area caused the Tampa Sports Authority to postpone the game, originally scheduled for Saturday night.

Today was out, too, the authority said, because emergency crews probably would be needed to help in the cleanup of any major storm.

Hurricane Charley hit about 70 miles south of Tampa Bay on Friday afternoon. The Bengals experienced the storm later Friday at their hotel in Orlando, Fla.

The Bengals practiced Saturday morning at the Buccaneers' training camp home in Kissimmee, Fla. Coach Marvin Lewis said the Bengals would practice there again this morning and take buses to their hotel in Tampa.

Lewis announced that rookie running back Chris Perry, who ended his 10-day holdout Tuesday when he signed a five-year contract, would play against Tampa Bay. Lewis initially had said Perry would not play.

Quarterback Carson Palmer will make his first start for the Bengals and his first of any kind since the Orange Bowl on Jan. 2, 2003.

WXIX-TV (Channel 19) will air the game live Monday. WKRC-TV (Channel 12) originally was scheduled to show it but has a programming conflict, Bengals spokesman Jack Brennan said Saturday.

There was no word late Saturday about what the rescheduled game would do to the Bengals' training camp schedule. The team will host New England in its preseason home opener Saturday.



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