The Cincinnati Bengals hope to have starting right tackle Andre Smith back on the field Sunday when they face the Baltimore Ravens. Smith is dealing with the after-effects of a concussion he suffered almost a month ago, and Marvin Lewis has done his best to keep his status for Sunday up in the air.
Smith did not practice fully on Monday, but he was a full-go on Wednesday and Thursday. After practicing Friday, Lewis updated the status of Smith.
Marvin Lewis didn't want to elaborate on Andre Smith and the concussion protocol he's dealt with. "It won't be a gametime decision."— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) September 5, 2014
Lewis called protocol "all new territory." Said tests same for practice as game, but in pre "doctor didn’t want him to play in the games."— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) September 5, 2014
Following that, the Bengals listed Smith as PROBABLE on the final injury report. Having him Sunday to go against Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil will be key.
Those two combine to form one of the NFL's best pass-rushing duos. In 2013, they combined for 19.5 sacks with Dumervil notching 40 QB hurries to go with Suggs' 37.