CINCINNATI - Eric Winston was wondering if hed play again in the NFL. Jarrad Davis Jersey
. A team that knows him quite well finally gave him a chance.The Bengals signed the right tackle to help fix one of their biggest trouble spots heading toward the post-season. Winston practiced with the Bengals on Wednesday after a rushed evening of trying to learn the playbook.The 31-year-old lineman was released by Seattle during the preseason and didnt get picked up by another team, leaving him to work out at his home in Houston and serve as president of the NFL Players Association.He was starting to think that hed never play again.I was wondering after week two if I was going to get a chance, Winston said Wednesday. You just stick it out, you stick through it. I promised myself that I was going to run this year out and stay shape and be ready and not give up. Im glad I did. Its given me a chance to be here now.Cincinnati (8-3-1) leads the AFC North by a game and a half and is in good shape at most positions, with one notable exception. The Bengals lost right tackle Andre Smith to a tore left triceps suffered two weeks ago during a win in Houston.Marshall Newhouse and Clint Boling alternated at the position during a 14-13 win at Tampa Bay on Sunday. Neither one played well enough to earn the job.Im not going to say its an evaluation mode, offensive co-ordinator Hue Jackson said. I know we have some candidates. Well go through the week and see what is going to give us the best opportunity to play at the highest level. We played a couple of guys there (in Tampa) and based on matchups this week well see whats best for us.Winston started at right tackle for five seasons in Houston and one each in Kansas City and Arizona. He had tryouts with several teams this season, including Minnesota last week. None offered a contract until the Bengals brought him in on Tuesday to see if he was in shape.Left tackle Andrew Whitworth has known Winston since high school and has worked with him in the players union. Coach Marvin Lewis knows him through his work on the NFLs Competition Committee.We always sat by each other, Lewis said. Im glad we were able to get him signed. He gives us an uplift. He gives us a guy that if called upon to play, he can do it at a high level.Winston spent several hours on Tuesday night trying to learn the offence. The blocking schemes arent much different than what hes experienced, but Cincinnatis terminology is new to him.Whitworth thinks he can help in other ways while he figures things out.The guys played a ton of football, Whitworth said. Hes got some insight on some of the players well probably play and situations that you play in. For now hes another guy that can help with those kinds of things. Anytime you have a guy like him who is a veteran and a leader, its another guy people can look up to for stuff.Winston said that resuming his career wont affect his work with the NFLPA.We have a good staff in Washington that does the day-to-day stuff, he said. If they need me, Im a phone call away. But my focus is here playing and making the push here for the playoffs.Notes: The Bengals signed free agent LB Chris Carter, a fourth-year veteran who played with Pittsburgh from 2011-13. He was waived by Pittsburgh after the preseason, signed with Indianapolis and played in one game, then was waived on Oct. 6. ... CB Adam Pacman Jones sat out practice Wednesday with a concussion. He was examined for a concussion during the win at Tampa but told the medical staff he had no problems. After the game, he told them he had a concussion. ... LB Vontaze Burfict sat out practice, an indication hell miss a sixth straight game following knee surgery. DE Robert Geathers (hip) and DT Domata Peko (elbow) also missed practice.___Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org
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. . He last ran and won the Peter Pan Stakes over the same Belmont dirt on May 10. Tonalist beat Commissioner, another newcomer to the Triple Crown, by a head. Those two horses finished in the same order in the Peter Pan. Tonalist ran the distance in 2:28.52 and paid $20.40, $9.60 and $7. Commissioner returned $23.20 and $13.20, while Medal Count was another length back in third and paid $13.20 to show. Samraat was sixth, followed by General a Rod, Matterhorn, Commanding Curve, Matuszak and Ride On Curlin. California Chrome broke quickly but was pressed immediately by Commissioner and General a Rod. Espinoza eased California Chrome back into third along the rail. Approaching the final turn, California Chrome was manoeuvred to the outside. He angled four-wide turning for home, just to the outside of Tonalist, who was close to the pace the entire race. Espinoza started whipping left-handed in the lane but California Chrome had no response. "I thought he was gaining ground, but he didnt have it in him, apparently," Coburn said. Tonalist joined the growing list of Triple Crown spoilers, making California Chrome the 12th horse since Affirmed to lose his Triple try in the Belmont, the longest race in the series. In 2012, Ill Have Another won the first two legs, but was scratched the day before the Belmont with a career-ending tendon injury. "The Triple Crown itself, obviously its tough," winning trainer Christophe Clement said. "If it would be easier to do it, then it would mean nothing." Tonalist was making just his fifth career start. "We actually thought he finished second, but we got lucky, he won," Clement said. "It was great." California Chromes rise from a humble pedigree and his working-stiff owners resonated with sports fans who rarely take an interest in horse racing. His owners spent $8,000 on a mare they bred to a stallion for $2,500, and were called "dumb asses" by a trainer for buying a mare who gave no indication that she could produce a standout offspring who could run fast. Conditions seemed aligned for the Triple Crown drought to end. California Chrome thrived during his three-week stay at Belmont Park. His chestnut coat gleamed and he gained weight after the Preakness on May 17. His owners, trainer and jockey oozed confidence. But this fairy tale didnt have a happy ending. Espinoza lost his second chance at a Triple Crown. He was aboard War Emblem in 2002, when that colt stumbled at the start of the Belmont and lost all chance. "The horse tried, thats all I can ask for. He took me on the ride of my life, Ill always have that in my heart for that horse," trainer Art Sherman said. Coburn, who with Perry Martin formed Dumb Ass Partners to race their one-horse stable, had vowed that California Chrome "would go down in history." It just wasnt the kind they wanted to make. Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap Adidas Hockey Jerseys Wholesale Nike Baseball Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys China Wholesale NFL Jerseys China Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Free Shipping Cheap Nike NBA Jerseys Authentic Cheap NHL Jerseys Canada Cheap Nike MLB Jerseys Cheap Soccer Jerseys China NCAA Jerseys Cheap Nike NHL Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys Store Cheap Football Jerseys Store Wholesale Soccer Jerseys Jerseys NCAA China Jerseys NFL Cheap Cheap Nike NBA Jerseys
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