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Andre Smith hits another road bump

Posted on: November 11, 2010 9:51 pm
It appears A. Smith could be done for the season (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Just when it appeared former Bengals first-round pick Andre Smith was turning a corner in his career, the foot he broke in practice this week might keep him out the rest of the season.

That’s what’s Geoff Hobson is reporting.

It’s the same foot the offensive tackle broke last year in the preseason when he came into training camp overweight for his rookie year. He also had offseason surgery after last year that made him ineffective for much of this season, much to the Bengals coaching staff’s chagrin.

But he’s begun to improve, enough for him to earn the spot at starting right tackle. Now, though, it appears his season is finished.

And the consequences might not be pretty for Smith.

From Hobson:

Complicating the physical concerns are the financial issues. The Bengals have to decide this offseason if they want to exercise a $5 million option in his deal that would make it a six-year contract or decline it and keep it at four years.

The fear is that what happened this past year will happen again. He got heavy enough while rehabbing (some reports had him as high as 375 pounds) that it delayed his return to the field. It is believed he is down to 345 pounds after some furious dedication in the cardio and aerobic room but he’ll be warned a repeat performance would jeopardize his career.

Lewis doesn’t think it will happen because he’s matured. They’ve had their moments. He deactivated Smith for the third game in Carolina when he wasn’t happy with him. But asked what another injury like this does to Smith’s career, he said, “Nothing. It means it’s another bump in the road.”

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Andre Smith hits another road bump

classic case of poor research and the lack of a quality scouting department in the Bengals organization.  Why did we take Andre Smith?  Coaches claim it was the overwhelming endorsement of his college coach.  So Nick Saban, whose solemn word must be a strong as a  6 year old dixie cup- just ask Michigan State, LSU, and the Miami Dolphins-  must be taken at his word by our staff.  Andre is lazy, immature and unprofessional. His poor condition is his downfall.  I hope he matures, but in the environment of appeasement and enablement of the Bengals staff- he is doomed to follow the same path as many first rounders before him.  Marvin has tried to guide this young man, but he has fallen short- hard to to do so when your hands are tied by the worst front office in the history of the NFL.   
Andre was never in shape to play 2 years ago- and poor condition breeds injury.  He half-a$$ed his rehab and off season conditioning, and his body is at great risk.   The Pittsburgh game is a great example.  He played well for 2 and 1/2 quarters, and when conditioning takes over you have holding penalties, missed blocks and poor technique.
I hope he learns- it is really hard to be good... you cant line up and play 3 qtrs a week against Ole Miss and Vandy, and then go binge at BW3's for 6 hours...  
Be a professional andre, work hard, take care of yourself, and learn from your team- be selfish- at least if you care about your own career you may be in better shape- just ask TO.

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