Andre Smith isn’t ready to play football, and Marvin Lewis isn’t happy.
It appears Wednesday was the deadline for Lewis’ patience for Smith, who is fighting foot and conditioning problems and has yet to take part in practice, according to Bengals.com. Lewis called it a “viable option” that Smith would be placed on the physically-unable-to-perform list.
“I wish he had been here to compete,” Lewis told reporters. “I know he would help the offense had he been here, but I’m not going to let the offense get held back waiting on Andre to figure it out. Andre’s going to learn how to be a pro and do things the way they are asked all the time. Hopefully, he’ll learn that in a timely fashion, because I’m not going to go through this year in and year out.”
Wait, there’s more.
“Andre’s doing … OK. That’s not a ‘well.’ That’s not a jumping jack or a backflip. He’s doing OK,” Lewis said.
Lewis said that Smith is being monitored “hourly,” and I’m left wondering what that entails.
One could suggest that the Bengals should have seen this coming, given that Smith was unprepared to take part in the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine, one of the key auditions for his pro career. Nevertheless, the man currently benefiting from Smith’s lack of preparation is Dennis Roland.