Uncertainty over Bryant led to Owens joining Bengals

NFL Network Solomon Wilcots is stationed in Georgetown, Kentucky, bringing us the latest from Bengals training camp. All of a sudden, it’s the place to be right now in the NFL.

In the fallout of the Terrell Owens signing, some of the talk has been that Bengals coach Marvin Lewis wasn’t 100 percent behind the move that was endorsed by Chad Ochocinco and Carson Palmer. Wilcots told “NFL Total Access” on Thursday he had spoken with Lewis, who he said was slow to come around on Owens and wanted to take a long look. Wilcots believes that stance was due to the fact the team was waiting on Antonio Bryant, who he believes isn’t 100 percent and is slowed by the troublesome knee that hasn’t responded to treatment.

“They didn’t want to rest the 2010 season on a couple of rookies like Jermaine Gresham and Jordan Shipley, Wilcots said.  “I think they needed a veteran, experienced receiver to come in and play opposite of Chad Ochocinco. When Antonio Bryant’s knee didn’t respond in time for the start training camp, I think everyone unanimously felt like they had to go out and sign Terrell Owens.”

Despite Bryant’s presence in practice, the move to sign Owens might signal their level of concern. The fact Bryant isn’t at full speed is something most observers of Bengals practices agree upon, and even something Bryant acknowledged in a piece on Bengals.com by saying he’s “dealing with something that’s nagging me.”

Lewis didn’t express a great deal of concern over Bryant, telling reporters “He’ll be fine” and that trainers would continue to work with the receiver to build strength around his knee.

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