The Bengals not only announced a number of cuts to get to the 53-man roster Saturday, but they also announced that starting ORG Bobbie Williams has been moved to the reserve/suspended by commissioner list after violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Williams, a 12th-year veteran who has started all 16 games in six of his seven seasons in Cincinnati, including the last four, will miss the first four weeks of this season. That means he will not play at Cleveland in Week One, at Denver in Week Two, will miss the home opener against the 49ers in Week Three and will miss the home contest against the Bills in Week Four.
Williams, who turns 35 on Sept. 25, is considered to be one of the team top leaders, especially in the locker room. His season debut will now be on Oct. 9 against the Jaguars.
The way we see it
This is a big blow to a Bengals offensive line that had secured long-term deals with OLT Andrew Whitworth and C Kyle Cook in recent days. With rookie QB Andy Dalton set to start Week One, missing a veteran leader on the offense is a piece of adversity the youngster didn't need to deal with.
The team cut free-agent signee Max Jean-Gilles, who would've been a likely candidate to replace Williams in the starting lineup. Instead, it appears that fourth-round rookie Clint Boling will get the starting nod.