Before the Cincinnati Bengals took off for Seattle on Friday, they added CB Adam "Pacman" Jones to their 53 man roster. They were able to make the move without any accompanying roster cut due to Cedric Benson being suspended this week.
Jones has been recovering from a neck injury suffered a year ago when the Bengals played the Atlanta Falcons. His presence comes at an opportune time with nickel back Morgan Trent battling soreness in his knees.
Head coach Marvin Lewis was pleased with Jones' progress in practice this week, telling the Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy:
“He’s had a good week of practices. He’s done everything he can do, he can’t tackle anymore dummies than he’s tackled including this week. For the last month he’s gone through the entire progression. He’s worked hard to get this opportunity. It’s later than it’s been due to the lockout because they (the medical staff) couldn’t monitor him but he’s come back great from it.”
Lewis also announced that LB Thomas Howard, who had injured a hamstring late in the Bengals' victory over Indianapolis, would be ready to play on Sunday. Rookie Dontay Moch has also come off the PUP list and is with the team, but with Howard healthy, is likely to be inactive on Sunday.
That leaves only MLB Rey Maualuga out due to injury. Maualuga is still recovering from an ankle sprain suffered against Jacksonville. He feels confident that he will be able to go next week in Tennessee. Maualuga still traveled with the team, partly because this week's matchup is against his old USC coach, Pete Carroll. Maualuga, Frostee Rucker, Taylor Mays, and Keith Rivers all played their college football under the guidance of the Seattle head coach.
Dan Skuta will start at MLB in Maualuga's place again. Skuta recorded five tackles against the Colts two weeks ago.
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