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The 2006 Year in Review - Time Line

We will be doing a year in review all week long. If you have a story or an opinion, open up an account and go off in the Diaries.

January 8: On the second play of the Bengals first playoff game in over a decade, Kimo von Oelhoffen hits Carson Palmer in the knee numerous ligament tears, a shredded ligament, damaged cartilage and a dislocated kneecap. The Bengals, after leading 17-14 at half-time, were eliminated from the playoffs after being shutout in the second half losing 31-17.

January 10: Palmer had surgery on his left knee to repair his torn ACL and MCL.

January 30: Chris Henry was arrested on multiple gun charges in Orlando, Florida – while wearing his jersey.

February 13: The Bengals signed Rashad Jeanty to a two-year deal.

March 13: The Bengals signed Dexter Jackson to a reported four-year deal.

March 15: went live. Boo-ya!

March 22: Carson Palmer updated his injury status and said he was on schedule. However, he was still uncertain if he’d be 100% ready for training camp.

April 4: The Bengals hosted a press conference announcing the signing of Sam Adams.

April 7: The Bengals signed Bobbie Williams to a three-year contract extension.

April 13: The Bengals reach an agreement with Jeremi Johnson on a one-year deal.

April 14: The Bengals reach an agreement with Jeremi Johnson on a six-year deal voiding the one-year deal.

April 20: The Bengals signed Chad Johnson to a new contract, with one-year extension, that will extend through 2010, with an option in 2011.

April 21: The Bengals reach an agreement with Anthony Wright to a one-year deal.

June 3: Henry was pulled over on I-275 and charged with a DUI.

June 3: A.J. Nicholson was charged with burglary, grand theft and vandalism.

June 20: Misdemeanor charges were filed against Frostee Rucker for spousal battery and vandalism.

June 14: Henry was arrested for providing alcohol to three underage females making this his fourth arrest in seven months.

July 13: Unconfirmed reports broke that Odell Thurman would be suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

July 13: The Bengals selected Ahmad Brooks in the third round of the 2006 NFL Supplemental Draft.

July 15: Mike Brown responds to character concerns. "We want our fans to know that we share their concerns regarding the recent off-field conduct of several Bengals players. We expect our players to be good citizens, as most are, and we hold them accountable for their conduct under team and league rules."

July 23: After citing Matthias Askew with a parking violation, Cincinnati police used a Taser to subdue the defensive lineman. He was charged with arresting arrest and obstructing official business. All charges were later dropped.

July 25: The Bengals sign Levi Jones to a six-year contract extension through 2012.

July 25: Marvin Lewis doesn’t confirm Thurman suspension. "There has been no correspondence about Odell, so you guys (media) are way ahead of us."

July 26: announces Thurman’s suspension that was rumored two weeks earlier but Lewis denied a day before.

July 26: Bengals announced the entire pre-season and regular season is sold out for the season.

August 1: Odell Thurman apologizes. "First of all, I just want to say I did make a mistake. First, I want to apologize to my teammates, the guys who sweat with me, my friends and family, but most of all the fans and the kids who look up to me. I'm just glad to be back on the positive track."

August 4: The offense beat the defense in the Bengals intra-squad scrimmage, 42-25.

August 5: Eric Steinbach was arrested for boating under the influence.

August 8: The touching story of Julie De Rossi was published. De Rossi died two years after being hit by a drunk driver. Being a donor, more than 50 people received parts from her; including her Achilles tendon that was placed in Palmer’s knee. "It's amazing to think that somebody else is inside me. You look at the scar. You stare at it. You rub it. It's given me a second chance at life. And I'm extremely grateful to this person.'"

August 8: The Bengals introduce the "Jerk Line".

August 13: The Bengals beat the Washington Redskins, 19-3, in pre-season game #1.

August 15: The Bengals waive Matthias Askew.

August 18: Bengals beat Buffalo, 44-31, in pre-season game #2.

August 20: Palmer discusses why he hates the Steelers. "It's just the team, that's our rival. They are the guys that are where we want to be. When you play at USC, you hate UCLA. You don't hate the strong safety, you don't hate the left outside linebacker, but it's just something that develops."

To which Marvin says: "Fortunately or unfortunately, we're in the business of putting them out of business."

August 21: Bengals medical staff under fire after Chris Perry is found to be injured. "They checked it out and said nothing was wrong with it and came back and told me something was wrong with it," he said of the knee. "Same with the ankle. That's why it took so long. If they had told me about it in February, it would have happened in February. I knew it was hurting, but to the extent that it was, I had no clue. I didn't know that (until) I went and got a second opinion and found out how hurt I really was."

August 28: Bengals beat Green Bay, 48-17, in pre-season game #3. Carson Palmer made his return.

August 31: The Bengals sign Willie Anderson to a five-year contract extension through 2011.

September 1: Bengals beat the Colts, 20-3, in pre-season game #4.

September 10: Bengals win opening weekend beating Kansas City 23-10. In the game, we saw one of the most violent whiplashes when Trent Green was knocked out by Robert Geathers.

September 12: Henry avoids jail time by pleading guilty and receiving 100 hours of community service and two years on probation for gun charges in Florida.

September 17: The Bengals beat Cleveland, 34-17, in the most costly game of the season. The Bengals lost David Pollack, Tab Perry and Rich Braham for the season. T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Levi Jones were already inactive from injury and Dexter Jackson missed suffered an ankle injury.

September 18: David Pollack placed on IR after it was disclosed Pollack suffered a fractured C-6 vertebrae.

September 21: Rudi Johnson wins the FedEx Ground NFL player of the week after rushing the ball 26 times for 146 yards and two touchdowns against the Browns.

September 21: Newly elected NFL commissioner Roger Goodell brings his holiness to Cincinnati to discuss the CBA with the un-approving Mike Brown.

September 24: Bengals beat the Steelers, 28-20. Thanks Ricardo Colclough. However, the Steelers play the "they didn’t beat us, we beat ourselves" game. "Yeah, it does hurt, because it was nothing they did that beat us," Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward said. "It's something we did -- the turnovers."

"The better team didn't win," Parker said, flatly.

September 25: Positive track over. Odell Thurman was pulled over and charged with a DUI with Henry vomiting out the window and Reggie McNeal in the backseat. 

September 26: Caleb Miller tackling Hines Ward is the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine.

September 26: T.J. Houshmandzadeh was named AFC Player of the Week. Against Pittsburgh, Housh had nine receptions for 94 yards and two clutch touchdowns in the Bengals win over Pittsburgh.

September 27: The NFL extended Thurman’s four game suspension to a full season.

September 27: Frostee Rucker placed on IR.

September 28: The team told Odell Thurman he’s not welcome at the team’s facilities. Said Marvin, "We've told him he's not to be around here."

October 1: Bengals lose to New England, 38-13.

October 6: The NFL suspended Henry two games for violating the league’s personal conduct and substance abuse policies.

October 13: Anthony Wright has appendectomy.

October 15: Bengals lose Tampa Bay, 14-13. This is the game where the Bengals allowed a no-name rookie Quarterback to convert a big fourth down. Oh, and something about roughing the passer foul.

October 16: It was announced that Levi Jones will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. He’d be out for two months.

October 19: Chad Johnson comes out and discusses the Bengals conservative and mundane offense. It even "angers" him. "Stuff is not going the same way it did last year, to where I can come out and be bold," he said. "We’re not playing bold. We’re not playing aggressive. So I can’t be aggressive. I’ve got to feel it. I can’t come up and say, ’Man, we’re going to go out and torch these guys,’ and we go 75 plays in the game and have one explosive play. We’re just not the aggressor right now."

October 20: Tab Perry placed on IR.

October 22: Bengals beat Carolina, 17-14.

October 22: WLW Sports Talk host, Andy Furman, was suspended for calling T.J. Houshmandzadeh a racist.

October 24: Reported that old Bengals receiver, Peter Warrick will work out in Cincinnati.

October 26: Chad Johnson makes the cover of Sports Illustrated.

October 27: Chris Henry reinstated after being placed on Reserve/Suspended List.

October 27: Antonio Chatman placed on IR.

October 29: Bengals lose to Atlanta, 29-27.

November 1: Chad Johnson ditches his Mohawk after losing a bet with DeAngelo Hall because the Bengals lost to the Falcons.

November 1: Andy Furman is fired from WLW.

November 5: Bengals lose to division leading Baltimore, 26-20.

November 6: Questions about Palmer’s confidence in his knee surface.

November 8: The Bengals sign Ben Wilkerson to the 53-man roster after expectations of Braham’s return keep dimming.

November 12: Bengals give up 42 second-half points, in one of the biggest second-half collapses in NFL history,  to the Chargers losing 49-41.

November 15: After the Bengals scored 41 points against the Chargers, Lewis confirmed that the offense is "more in Bob Bratkowski’s hands."

November 19: Bengals beat New Orleans, 31-16. The Saints offense recorded 595 yards from scrimmage.

November 22: Carson Palmer wins the FedEx Air NFL Player of the week.

November 26: Bengals shutout the Browns, 30-0. The shutout is the first since 1989.

November 28: Chris Perry placed on IR.

November 30: Bengals beat division leading Baltimore, 13-7, on the NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football.

December 3: Reggie McNeal was arrested for resisting arrest and drug possession.

December 7: Palmer wins his second FedEx Air NFL Player of the week.

December 9: Deltha O’Neal was arrested for DUI.

December 10: Bengals beat Oakland, 27-10.

December 11: The Bengals send Hamilton County an invoice of $900,000 for the installation of FieldTurf.

December 11: David Pollack finally has his halo removed.

December 12: The infallible Roger Goodell offers "aide" to Mike Brown regarding character issues.

December 13: Hamilton County says no to Bengals’ invoice.

December 15: David Pollack’s future is in doubt after it was reported that he would require surgery.

December 15: Kelley Washington placed on IR.

December 18: The Bengals lose to Indianapolis, 34-16.

December 19: Chad Johnson and Willie Anderson were named starters for the 2006 Pro-Bowl. Carson Palmer was named backup.

December 20: It was reported that Palmer hurt his shoulder after the final hit against the Colts.

December 24: After the Jags and Bills lose, a win will give the Bengals a playoff berth. Bengals lose to Denver, 24-23.

December 27: Rich Braham announced he’s retiring.

December 31: With the Chiefs winning and the Broncos losing, the Bengals could have won a playoff berth if they beat Pittsburgh. Steelers win, 23-17.