After being placed on the team's NFI list (version of PUP) to open training camp, offensive tackle Andre Smith told reporters on Thursday that he hopes to return on Sunday.
Now it's Sunday.
When asked if he's ready, Smith says that he feels 1,000 percent and that he's ready to practice. However Smith was a little more evasive when asked if he'll actually practice. "Ah man, I don't know yet. You just have to wait and see," hinting that whomever makes the call is "above me."
Smith points out that he was ready to practice on Thursday, but it decided to for him to sit out the early portions of training camp. "I would have loved to have been out there the first day, if it was my call," Smith said, per ESPN's AFC North blog.
Smith signed a three-year deal worth $18 million in April and then subsequently missed the team's offseason training program due to a personal matter. He was fined for missing the team's mandatory minicamp.
The Bengals open practice on Sunday at 3 p.m.