Tuesday morning links and notes

I finished the third season of The Wire. So far, it's a really good show with quality character development and good story-line progressions. If you get time, I highly recommend buying or renting the first season box set.

Antwan Odom won't miss kickoff weekend after it was determined he suffered a sprained left foot. "They're saying to take it day-to-day." No time table has been set for his return.

Rudi Johnson gained 18 pounds since last year's training camp -- and appears to be as good as ever.

Kenny Irons cleared waivers and now is placed on IR (not technically, but he's not playing this year).

Chad Johnson is inching closer with the strength staff.

Willie Anderson is providing the Enquirer with a "daily journal" of sorts called "What Willie Says..." In his first edition, Anderson talked about his age and body, accepting that Stacy Andrews is the future, and Anderson is the mentor. "I'm not competing for a starting job; that's Stacy's job. My job is to support and be there for the offensive line."

Willie continued speaking, very modestly, "Guys are more concerned about me being a backup than I am" finishing Tuesday's entry very humbly.

After playing so many consecutive games (116 games started in a row), that was the whole pride issue. I've since let that pride go. The loyalty to me is (Bengals president) Mike Brown giving me three contracts. There's nothing for me to complain about or question anybody. I'm not going to fight the system. I feel comfortable right now. My thing is, hopefully, they'll keep me on a good routine to where, physically, I'm able to stay in this camp and come out of training camp and be ready to do whatever in September. I have been fortunate enough to play 13 years of football. I feel very fortunate. I feel very blessed to be able to play this long, and be healthy. If I can get through camp, be healthy and feeling good, I'll be happy.

Jeremi Johnson coming to camp so overweight that the team denied clearing him for practice, makes you wonder if he truly knows the jeopardy he runs losing his job.

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