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Wednesday Morning Links and Notes -- Roster Moves

As noted in the comments of other posts, the Bengals signed Geoffrey Pope, released guard Frank Davis from the 53-man roster, linebacker Dan Howell from the practice squad and signed linebacker Abdul Hodge and offensive tackle Dennis Roland to the practice squad. Got it?

The Bengals promoted Pope in response to Johnathan Joseph's sprained ankle. Likely he'll be the team's fourth cornerback behind Leon Hall, David Jones, Simion Castille and Jeremi Johnson.

Ludwig on Pope:

Pope (6-0, 186; Howard) is a first-year NFL player. He spent most of last season on the N.Y. Giants practice squad, and played in two postseason games for New York after being signed to the roster following the conclusion of the regular season.

He was waived by the Giants in ’08 final roster cuts and was signed to the Bengals practice squad on Sept. 3.

Marvin Lewis: "We have to be consistent each and every play." Bad idea. We're already consistently bad. Let's do something else and be inconsistently good.

Johnathan Joseph isn't the only with a sprained ankle, writes Geoff Hobson. "Quarterback Carson Palmer also has a sprained ankle but Lewis indicated he's OK."

Bobbie Williams is putting the problems on the Bengals offense on the offensive line. “We’re inconsistent and we’re not getting the job done. We have to do better, plain and simple. There’s not a whole lot of explaining to do. We put it out there on the field, and it’s not pretty.”

All of Carson Palmer's problems are apparently the problem of everyone else; and not a thing to do with the quarterback.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh on Willie Anderson: “Willie is doing a nice job. He looks better every day. You can see why he’s got the reputation that he’s had. What I’ve been impressed with is he’s really gone out of his way to become a Raven and to mentor those young linemen. He’s been good for our team from that standpoint — kind of in the Lorenzo Neal mold.”