Good Tuesday morning, everyone.
The Bengals have the day off as many rest what surely are more tired and sore bodies than usual, following Sunday's wild finish that included a trio of long second-half drives that had Cincinnati's defense on the field for a large chunk of time.
While this is a day off for them, it isn't one for the rest of us, particularly those of us who cover the team. That said, in keeping with the theme of exhaustion, we won't tire you out too much by forcing you to read more of this edition of the morning stripes than is necessary. So, let's go on and quickly get to the news at hand.
For starters, in case you haven't yet heard, cornerback Adam Jones is facing legal trouble once again. According to the Ohio State Patrol, he was cited for disorderly conduct at 2:30 a.m. Monday after a vehicle he was in was stopped for traveling 60 mph in a 45 mph zone. The driver of the vehicle was cited with operating a vehicle while intoxicated. At some point during the stop and after that citation was administered, Jones did something to warrant his.
Both charges are misdemeanor offenses. He's scheduled in court Friday to take care of this issue. He already had been scheduled to appear in court Oct. 7 to take care of another legal matter stemming from a June incident at a downtown Cincinnati bar. A woman alleged he hit her during an altercation there. He pleaded not guilty in an earlier proceeding.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell could suspend Jones for both incidents under the league's player-conduct clause, but it appears the league may try to see how the incidents play out in court before handing out any punishments.
OK, on to the other news:
One of the more interesting debates that was playing out inside some of the Bengals' offices at Paul Brown Stadium on Monday concerned the awarding of certain statistics for Bengals players on one key play in Sunday's 34-30 win over the Packers. There was a discrepancy concerning whether Terence Newman's 58-yard, game-winning return for a touchdown was a fumble recovery or not. Was it a defensive statistic? Or was it a miscellaneous defensive statistic (those rare statistics that typically occur after a change of possession; i.e. tackles for offensive linemen after interceptions)? In this blog post from the Dayton Daily News' Jay Morrison, we see Newman doesn't get credit for the recovery after all, because fellow teammate Reggie Nelson originally recovered a fumble before it was stripped ahead of Newman's scoop and score. Quarterback Andy Dalton also lost a record for his late-game comeback.
According to Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson, Cincinnati may be working out former safety Chris Crocker at Paul Brown Stadium on Tuesday. The Bengals are in need of as many defensive backs as possible, particularly after reportedly losing safety Jeromy Miles to the Baltimore Ravens. Hobson reported that the injured player who had been waived ahead of Sunday's game cleared waivers and was picked up by Baltimore. There has been no formal announcement of the move yet. With other injuries in their defensive backfield, the Bengals may be hoping to sign Crocker to shore up depth in the secondary.
One of the cornerbacks who just got hobbled in Sunday's win was veteran Leon Hall. A hamstring injury has him looking "partly cloudy," in coach Marvin Lewis' parlance. Time will tell whether or not he gets on the field this weekend, but chances are that he may not. If he doesn't, he won't have a chance to back up a performance last weekend that was arguably among his best as a Bengal. The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner, Jr. writes a little more about Hall's machine-like performance.