CINCINNATI (AP) - Receiver Chris Henry rejoined the Cincinnati
Bengals in practice Wednesday, an uncomfortable reminder that the
owner and the head coach are not on the same page on major
Both were watching.
Owner Mike Brown crossed a downtown street to the team's
practice field - part of his daily routine - for Henry's first
workout since he served a four-game suspension for misconduct.
Brown released Henry after his fifth arrest last April, then made a
stunning about-face and brought him back over the objections of
coach Marvin Lewis.
They're all together again, trying to get an 0-4 team its first
Henry had to sit out the first four games because of his latest
violation of the NFL's conduct policy. The Bengals have a one-week
roster waiver allowing Henry to practice without being added to the
active roster. He worked out with the scout team on Wednesday,
playing the part of Dallas receiver Terrell Owens against the
Bengals' starting defense.
"Everyone seems like they're real happy to see me back and
ready for me to be back out there, making plays like I do," Henry
said. "It feels good to be out there working with my team and
trying to get my stuff together. I felt real good out there. I'm
just trying to show the coaches that I'm ready to go as soon as
they give me a call."
Lewis said the team will decide later in the week whether Henry
plays Sunday in Dallas, a move that would reunite him with another
troubled player from West Virginia. Henry and cornerback Adam
"Pacman" Jones were drafted in 2005 and got into so much trouble
individually that they were a catalyst behind commissioner Roger
The former Mountaineers teammates have talked about their
"Just a little competition thing, you know," Henry said.
Henry has been arrested five times since the Bengals drafted
them, though the latest charges were dropped over the summer when
his assault trial ended in a hung jury. Jones, acquired by Dallas
in April, has been arrested six times and involved in a dozen
incidents requiring police intervention since Tennessee drafted him
in the first round in 2005.
Jones was suspended for all of last season. Henry was suspended
for the first eight games last season, then the first four this
"I've talked to Chris several times," Jones said. "I know
he's happy to be back on the field. I know he was kind of down. I
told him to keep his head up. Me and Chris have been talking since.
"When I was suspended my whole year, I talked to him a lot. Me
and Chris are best of friends. He made some bad decisions, he had
to deal with the consequences, same that I did."
Offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski was impressed with how
Henry looked in practice Wednesday. The receiver wasn't allowed to
work out with the team for the past four weeks, but stayed in shape
by catching passes from former University of Cincinnati quarterback
"Chris looked like he was in excellent shape and he's been
working extremely hard," Bratkowski said. "You can always tell
with Chris where he's at when you watch him, because it usually
takes him awhile. You can tell he's been working very hard because
he looked very good today."
Both Bratkowski and Lewis said it's likely that running back
Cedric Benson will play in a reserve role against the Cowboys. The
Bengals signed Benson to a one-year contract on Tuesday because
they didn't have a fully healthy running back.
Starter Chris Perry was limited in practice Wednesday because of
a sore hamstring, which the team hadn't previously revealed.
Reserve Kenny Watson sat out practice with an injured hamstring.
DeDe Dorsey went on the injured reserve list Tuesday with a
Benson was released by the Bears following two offseason arrests
in Texas involving alcohol, but the cases were dropped when grand
juries chose not to indict last week.
"It probably helped a lot," Benson said. "I don't know if it
was the deciding factor. I think when push really came to shove,
some team would make a move. I'm sure it eased a lot of teams'
The Bengals were getting him ready to play at least part of the
game on Sunday.
"You can't get him ready to do everything, but you can give him
set things and say, 'OK, if something happens to Chris, here's what
we're going to do with you,"' Bratkowski said.
AP Sports Writer Jaime Aron in Irving, Texas, contributed to
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