What started out at a concussion has ballooned into a suspension, and Cordy Glenn is going to sit out yet another week.
The Bengals brought down a suspension after reports came in that Glenn got in a fight with a member of the coaching staff and demanded to be released. The timing of the suspension made it seem like it was coming down because he leaked the story, but more details have come out that explain why he was fined and suspended.
According to Jay Morrison of the Athletic, Glenn has been exhibiting behavior that could only result in discipline. According to Morrison, Glenn “did not travel to the Pittsburgh game against team wishes, missed meetings and — after Thursday — missed practices despite being fully cleared.”
Morrison reported that Glenn had been cleared to play by multiple doctors, but decided to miss practice anyways.
He also said that after he suspension came down, the team felt liberated. Practice was more lively without the cloud hanging over their head.
“Oftentimes these disputes have an ‘us versus them’ feel between the players and the coaches/front office,” said Morrison. “This one feels different, more ‘us versus him.’”
There’s still a lot we don’t know about this whole situation. We don’t even know if Glenn will be on the team following the trade deadline at the end of the month. But this seems like a complicated issue, with no clear right and wrong. Perhaps Glenn is in the wrong, and perhaps the coaching staff is in the wrong—it’s probably a combination of both.
Tensions are flaring in the late part of October. Glenn is frustrated about the progression of his concussion and his inability to play; the team is frustrated that they haven’t won a game yet. The frustration finally boiled over, and everyone is losing. Glenn is yet to make his season debut, and the Bengals are without their best offensive tackle.
With the suspension, we might have seen the end of the Glenn era in Cincinnati. It’s difficult to imagine a scenario where he plays in black and orange again.