In a move that’s sure to put a smile of Cedric Benson’s suddenly irritable face, the Bengals announced today that RG Bobbie Williams has been activated to the 53-man roster and will likely start this Sunday in Jacksonville. It would be his 11oth as a Cincinnati Bengal. Wow, time flies.
The veteran diesel tractor of a lineman should give the offense a shot in the arm–particularly the running game. Williams, who served a four-game suspension for “banned substances” practiced yesterday and today. To make room, OG Otis Hudson was waived.
Reports surfaced this week that the former Eagle Williams had lost 12 pounds during his suspension, and was hungry to get back on the field (pun intended). Offensive line coach Paul Alexander was quoted as saying, “He looks real quick. His weight’s down. He’s not ready to be a fitness model just yet, but he looks good.”
The Bengals struggled at the position in big Bobbie’s absence, starting rookie Clint Boling for the first two games before replacing him with another former Eagle starter in Mike McGlynn. Hobson speculates that McGlynn will remain a game-day active because of his ability to play center, meaning Boling would not.
Assuming Hudson clears waivers, he is eligible for the practice squad.