The Charleston Daily Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on September 3, 1975 · Page 23
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The Charleston Daily Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 23

Charleston, West Virginia
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Wednesday, September 3, 1975
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: BY ANDY LIPPMAN ; Associated Press Writer f WILMINGTON, Ohio (AP) - By the end of last season, the lockerroom of the Cin - . cinnati Bengals could have been renamed ', Medical Center. The entire backfield was ; decimated and the linebacking corps had > been in shock since Jim LeClair was • forced to the football sidelines early in the ; year. ; Looking back, Coach Paul Brown admits - . that just breaking even at 7 - 7 was an ac - - ' complishment. "We lost more people with serious inju - ' ries than I can remember ever having hap ', pened to a team I coached." Brown said. By TIM WHITE AP sports Writer SEASON DEPENDS ON LAST YEAR'S INJURED Bengals Face Plenty Of Questions The landscape was littered with battered bodies and broken dreams as 26 Na ; tional Football League teams hurried • Tuesday to meet The Terrible Turk's un : sentimental deadline: a limit of 49 players "They really wrecked us." What happened in the training room and, in some cases on the operating table, is going to be a major factor in how improved the Bengals can be this season. "The season. depends on all those guys that were injured last year. They have to come back for the season to mean something," said Brown, ticking off a list of injured players which included running backs Essex Johnson and Boobie Clark, center Bob Johnson, tackle Vern Holland and linebacker LeClair. Brown lists Johnson as his principal question mark this season and he almost changed ine question mam in uie spwua - The Green Bay Packers released veter an wide receiver Jeff Baker and a rookie, . Eventually, even The Turk himself will and placed end Mike Fanucci on the disa run out of time. list with a sore ankle. The Packers roster to the required amount, plus Col - . per. lege All - Stars, by placing veteran defen Before pro football's version of the sive end Royce Berry on the injured re - : Grim Reaper is done, a U NFL teams must \ further reduce their rosters to 46 players : by next Tuesday and a final 43 on Sept. 16. Four players, for instance, were cut serve list and waiving a rookie. The Bengals also obtained veteran defensive lineman Bob Brown fromSan Diego. In other acquistions, the Buffalo Bills : from the New York Jets: fourth - year cen - signed Bob Nelson of Nebraska, their 1975 . ter Warren Koegel, safety Jerry bona ana seconaarait cnoice; me los angeies ; rookie backs Jon Bradford and Garry Bac - Rams obtained punter Jim McCann from cus - not exactly household words; and Kansas City for an undisclosed draft ■ they probably never will be if the NFL has choice and free agent quarterback Bob ; anything to say about it. The Atlanta Falcons placed veteran Minnesota Vikings. ■ tight end Larry Mialik on the injured re : serve list and released four other players. The New York Giants slimmed down Lee reached an agreement to rejoin the Lee was with the Vikings from 1968 - 72, before going to Atlanta in 1973. " Veteran All - Pro cornerback Lemar Par : to 52 players, shedding linebacker Jess rjsn ^jd he wants to be traded because ; Hudson and tight end Elmore Stephens. Cincinnati Bengals Coach Paul Brown will Football This Week % FRIDAY . | *74 Score 1 Herbert Hoover (0 - 1) at Dunbar (0 - 0), 8 p.ra 8 - 0 £ South Charleston (1 - 0) at DuPont (0 - 1), 8 p.m. 6 - 12 I Sissonville ((H)) vs. George Washington (0 - 0) , Laidley Field 8 p.m.0 - 8 I East Bank (1 - 0) at Oak Hill (0 - 1), 8 p.m 41 - 0 I Stonewall (0 - 1) at Parkersburg South (0 - 0), 8 p.m 21 - 6 8 Catholic (0 - 1) at Montgomery (1 - 0), 7:30 p.m. 0 - 20 SATURDAY | Hurricane (1 - 0) at Nitro ((H)) 8 p.m 12 - 6 ■/.:■ TMMEiMuIllB 4 - PLY POLYESTER CORD You'll oat upto 30 extra miles per tanlcful of qui wild these 40.000 mile double steel - helled radials I' - T i: . lor gns - savina ttsl j. long ireao mi ice «nd smooth ride v ; J " ^"^^^ W2 "SUSP DOUBLE - BELTED emensively you'll «»ni ih '8.80 to 14.50 OFF" Double liberntara bells in this 1976 j,. *r>irWALLS NEW - CAR TlfiE hold treKi firm (or long nuiuwum wear and enccllenl trrelion. 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Wide receiver Isaac Curtis was Anderson's favorite target last season, catching 10 touchdown passes in his second year. It was the combination of Anderson to Curtis that provided Bengal fans major excitement after the running game fell apart midway through the season. not reneeotiate his multi - year contract. Running back Duane Thomas, whose no madic career nas laicen nun 10 iour ma bled , „ „ T _ _ . ... . also claimed rookie linebacker Ken Ber - ^.^h^TS^^T:™ 3 - ngements that spelled disaster nich on waivers from the San Diego Charg - in practice Tuesday. The Cincinnati Bengals reduced their backing Anderson will be John Reaves, who came from Philadelphia in a trade for Stan Walters. Rookies Gary Sheide and Tom Shuman are battling for the No. 3 quarterback slot on the roster. Brown knew before last season that his star defensive tackle Mike Reid might not be back next year. Reid. however made it official during the offseason, announcing that he will be pursuing a music career. The Bengals figure Bill Kollar. their No. 1 draft choice a year ago, can step right into Reid's spot and they have also used a high draft choice this year to land Gary Burley from Pittsburgh, coincidence," Bleier said after a practice niesday. Refusing to go along with the kind of fin - neiusuiK iuku aiun ~. . — a _ „.__ .„„ 4.h„ wnrlrl h nnfha .patnic in Rocky Bleier is getting married this Sunday, making him the seventh Pittsburgh Steeler to abandon single life in seven months since the Super Bowl. "The number is surprising, but just stead has revoked the Chicago Winds franchise. The removal of the Winds following withdrawal of two of the club's key investors, leaves 10 WFL teams to carry on through the remainder of the league's sec - ond season. AUTOMOTIVE SPECIAL ANDERSON The Bengals' linebacking corps has been suspect ever since Bill Bergey went to the Philadelphia Eagles, and even Brown admits that "we have to improve in that area." That's why the Bengals picked four linebackers in this year's draft. As the Bengals enter their eighth season. Brown wants to make it clear that his team should be completely free of its label as an "expansion' team. '"We're a tough test for anybody," he said. But how tough a test, will depend largely on how well time has healed* the aches and pains of past years. NFL Teams Make Cuts; Bengals' Parrish Wants Traded At a special board of governors meeting, Chicago requested time to attract new investors. "That was just the kind of request that was granted last year," said Hemmeter. As part of the player dispersal, the Philadelphia Bell got wide receiver John Gilliam and quarterback Pete Beathard. 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