Some odds and ends from Bengal-land this evening...
BLACKED OUT – Sunday’s Bengals game against Seattle will not be televised
locally after it failed to be sold out prior to Thursday’s 1 p.m. deadline to
lift the blackout.
After the first two home games against Denver and Pittsburgh sold out and
were shown locally, this will be the second straight home game to be blacked
out. Games must be sold out 72 hours prior to kickoff in order to be shown
within a 75-mile radius of the stadium.
KITNA LOSES OUT ON AWARD – Quarterback Jon Kitna had been a finalist for the
FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week but lost out to New Orleans quarterback Aaron Brooks in fan voting. Kitna was nominated for his 16-of-27, 274-yard and
three-touchdown performance against Baltimore last week. Brooks threw for 352
yards and three touchdowns against Atlanta. New England quarterback Tom Brady
was also nominated. It was the second time this season Kitna had been nominated
for the award. He was also up for the honor after a Week 4 win against
MORE AWARDS – Lewis was named Staples Coach of the Week after the Bengals’
win against Baltimore. The award, run in conjunction with the NFL and CBS,
brings with it a $5,000 spending account at Staples to a local school with which
to buy school supplies. Our Lady of Victory in Delhi Township was named the
recipient of the $5,000 and will also get a visit from Lewis at a later date.
CBS will formally announce the award winners during its Sunday pregame show.
ANOTHER REDSKIN – The newest Bengal, LaDairis Jackson, was listed as being a
defensive end but he will actually be playing as an outside linebacker. A
waiver-wire pickup from Washington, Jackson played under Lewis for the Redskins
last season and when he was released on Tuesday, the Bengals wasted little time
adding him to the 53-man roster. He’s the fifth player on the current roster
that played in Washington last season while Lewis was the defensive coordinator;
the others being defensive end Carl Powell, quarterback Shane Matthews, running
back Kenny Watson and practice squad member Greg Scott. The number of players
with former ties to Lewis rises to six if you count punter Kyle Richardson, who
was with Baltimore from 1998-2001 while Lewis was the defensive coordinator for