Thursday Evening Bengals Notes

Posted Oct 23, 2003

Some odds and ends from Bengals HQ this evening from Kevin, as yet another Redskin (pictured above) joins Marvin Lewis in Cincinnati.

Some odds and ends from Bengal-land this evening...
– 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.

– 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 Cleveland.

– 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.

– 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 the Ravens.

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