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Bengals sign K Josh Elling

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Thought this was worth posting since Shayne Graham is generally one of the early kickers to get drafted. Sounds like we may know more about Graham's condition at a news conference this afternoon.




The Bengals this morning announced they have claimed kicker Aaron Elling off waivers from Jacksonville. He was waived Monday by the Jaguars.


The Bengals inherit Elling's one-year contract. Whether Elling is a short-term stopgap or a long-time answer depends on the condition of kicker Shayne Graham's hip. Graham suffered a hip pointer in the exhibition loss Monday night at Atlanta. No word on Graham's condition was available Tuesday or this morning from the Bengals.


Spokesman Jack Brennan said coach Marvin Lewis would provide any information at his 12:30 p.m. news conference today.


Elling is a fourth-year NFL player who is 19-for-28 on field goal attempts. He has been with three teams: Minnesota, Tennessee and Baltimore.

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Just an update from the press conference ....


No definitive word on Graham; Lewis said he is "progressing nicely" from his hip pointer He could be back in time for the first game, but right now there is no timetable. Sorry. Just that Elling will fill in until Graham is ready, and that just may be for the last exhibition game.


One interesting non-kicker tidbit came from the press conference: Chris Perry is apparently doing very well and may not start the season on the PUP list, as has been assumed all during camp. If Perry indeed ends up starting the season, he needs to be moved up about 30 spots on everyone's draft lists ...

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The story from bengals.com ...



Reiterating what he said last week about running back Chris Perry, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis on Wednesday left open the possibility that Perry could be healthy enough to put on the 53-man roster at the start of the season. Lewis said Perry is progressing quicker than anticipated from surgery for a dislocated ankle.


Kicker Shayne Graham said he doesn't think the bruise on his right hip that benched him for Monday night's second half is going to prevent him from kicking in the Sept. 10 opener. But the newly-acquired Aaron Elling, Graham's roommate in the 2002 Seattle training camp, is going to handle the kicking chores in Friday night's preseason finale against the Colts.


Right tackle Willie Anderson (foot) plans to practice Wednesday for the first time this season, but he may not play Friday.


Cornerback Johnathan Joseph has his foot in a boot again, but he says it's just for resting purposes. He won't practice or play this week, but he's expected to be ready for Baltimore on Sept. 10.


But starting strong side linebacker Rashad Jeanty probably won't be after undergoing what Lewis called a procedure for his lower leg. Jeanty indicated Wednesday he'd be sidelined for a couple of weeks but he thought it was best to get the surgery.


Cornerback Ethan Kilmer, who was sidelined by a quad injury in the first couple of days of training camp, is on crutches after having surgery to get his knee cleaned out, as the Bengals try to cure his host of ills before the season begins. But like wide receiver Antonio Chatman, Kilmer may open the season on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list and be lost for the first six weeks of practice during the regular season.


Chatman, who injured his hamstring right away during training camp, said he won't play Friday and not for awhile because he's been told not to run.


Perry began the season on PUP last year, but Lewis said he's farther along than at this point in '06 when he was bothered by knee and ankle injuries. Perry's workout on Tuesday sent an encouraging jolt through the organization.


"He's made good progress; he's worked hard," Lewis said. "He had a great workout yesterday. He came in this morning and he wasn't as sore. But that's not football. He's got to keep pushing and going. We'll ramp him back up and keep going and keep evaluating."


If the Bengals dress Perry and practice him this week, they won't be able to put him on PUP when they have to cut down to the final 53-man roster by 4 p.m. this Saturday. But they can work him on the side and get a gauge before they have to make a final decision.

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Glad to see Graham should be fine. I'll certainly move Perry up my draft sheet and then gladly let someone else take that injury-prone sumumu-b1tch.

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