Let's take a quick look at some of the latest Bengals' news:
--After already seeing starting DE Antwaan Odom, their biggest free-agent signing, the Bengals' defense took another hit this week when safety Chinedum Ndukwe left Wednesday morning's practice on a cart, then returned to practice before having an MRI on his leg. He, like Odom is out indefinitely and will definitely miss the opening preseason game. It's a setback for Ndukwe, who's competing with Dexter Jackson for a starting job.
--Georgetown College Athletic Director Eric Ward said attendance is down 45 to 50 percent at camp this year, according to the Dayton Daily News. Heat, rain, high gas prices and the fact that camp opened on a Monday (July 28) — robbing the team and college of an extra practice weekend — all conspired to keep attendance down.
--Cornerback Deltha O'Neal is going from starter to backup this year and now he is listed as the team's top punt returner. So far the veteran appears to be accepting the role well, according to Mark Crunette of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Previously too indispensable as a starting cornerback to expose on punt returns, O'Neal could improve the Bengals' league-worst 4.9-yard average on punt returns from 2007. He has a 10.1-yard average and two touchdowns on 136 career returns, though his eight attempts in Cincinnati yielded just a 5.4-yard average.
--Defensive tackle John Thornton, who has made a mark in the community for his fundraising to fight Autism and runs a web site development company, is on The Cincinnati Business Courier's 40 under 40 list of notable young Cincinnatians.
--Running back Rudi Johnson, wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh,
cornerback Ethan Kilmer, safety Herana-Daze Jones, and linebacker
Rashad Jeanty, to go along with Odom and Ndukwe, are players that Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson speculates will not play Monday night in Green Bay.
--Quote of Note: "He looked like he's been working out, he looks like he's in fair shape right now," linebackers coach Jeff FitzGerald said of first-round pick Keith Rivers, who ended his holdout earlier this week. "We cut his reps a little bit; we let him run with the second bunch to get filled in a little bit. He remembers. He's got a good memory. He took good notes; he did a good job in spring."