The Bengals today were granted a one-week exemption from the NFL for G Bobbie Williams to participate in team activities without counting against the 53-player roster.
Williams has completed a four-game NFL suspension (Games 1-4) for violation of league policy on performance-enhancing substances. He could be activated to the roster at the team’s option at any time during the exemption.
Since joining the Bengals in 2004 as an unrestricted free agent, Williams has not missed a start at RG for any football-injury reason. His only previous missed time was three games for an emergency appendectomy in 2006. He has 109 regular season Bengals starts and 142 games with 121 starts for his NFL career.