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Cincinnati Bengals lose rookie OL Andre Smith to a foot fracture

Smith only ended his hold out less than a week ago. From ESPN-

The offensive lineman suffered a fracture in a foot during a non-contact drill Tuesday and it is not known how long he will be out, but he will miss the Bengals’ opener on Sept. 13. Smith missed 30 days before agreeing to terms two days ago.

“Andre suffered a small fracture in his left foot during a non-contact drill,” Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said in a statement. “Our medical staff tells me the injury will not require surgery. It’s too soon to closely predict how long it will be before he can return to practice, but it looks like he’s going to miss a few weeks.”

Smith is currently on a roster exemption granted by commissioner Roger Goodell because of his late arrival. The exemption lasts until next week.

Smith was the sixth pick in the NFL draft and the most recent to sign. Michael Crabtree of the 49ers is the only unsigned first-rounder.

There is believed to be a weight clause in Smith’s contract. If he can’t keep his weight under 350 lbs, he’ll be penalized financially.

Little breaks the right way for the hapless Bengals who have only been to the playoffs once over the last 20 seasons. I saw them play in Super Bowl VII in person. That seems like another lifetime ago in light of the franchise’s more recent history.

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