Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Morning stripes: Iloka slapped with fine
By Coley Harvey
After a slightly more eventful off day than one or two Bengals may have liked having, the team is back in action Wednesday morning as it begins in earnest its full preparations for Sunday's division clash with the Cleveland Browns.
In the next few days, we may find out if a pair of Bengals defensive backs will end up being lighter in the wallet, and/or if they will be looking at some time away from the game.
Yes, one of those DBs is Adam "Pacman" Jones, the cornerback in his seventh season who was cited for disorderly conduct after a vehicle he was a passenger in was stopped earlier this week. Per the NFL's player-conduct policy, he could be facing punishment from the league for the incident. He's due in court Friday afternoon.
As we begin our latest batch of Morning stripes, you'll get a chance to see which other Bengals defensive back has gotten into hot water with the league:
According to unnamed sources in multiple reports, including this one from NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, Cincinnati safety George Iloka was fined $15,000 by the league for a hit in Sunday's ballgame that resulted in a concussion for Green Bay tight end Jermichael Finley. The hit in question came at the end of a long pass attempt from Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to Finley. The big tight end dived for the ball near the Cincinnati 20-yard line as he fended off linebacker Vontaze Burfict who was covering him. As Finley hit the ground with the ball bouncing off his hand, Iloka came over the top of him and hit Finley's head with his shoulder pad. Iloka appeared to be trying to pull up, but made contact with Finley's helmet anyway. There was no flag thrown on the play, but upon review of the hit, the league is able to fine Iloka, who has reportedly already appealed the fine. Finley left the game and the Packers aren't yet sure when he could return this season.
Moving to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Joe Reedy has a look at the three burning questions Bengals fans have about their defense. There are concerns about the injury-depleted secondary, how much outside linebacker James Harrison is playing and whether or not defensive tackle Geno Atkins is going through a down year. Atkins' sack statistics may not be where they need to be, but there is evidence he has been playing well, despite drawing more double-teams than before.
One more from the Enquirer. Each Tuesday at a local bar and restaurant, the newspaper hosts an interview session with a different Bengals player as part of a series known as "Beyond the Stripes." The segment is streamed live on the newspaper's website every Tuesday evening. Reedy and other Enquirer sportswriters and personalities this week joined rookie defensive end Margus Hunt, who spoke about his transition to the NFL and being a foreign-born football player.
Cornerback Terence Newman and running back Giovani Bernard are up for weekly awards after helping the Bengals beat Green Bay over the weekend. You can read up about the awards on Bengals.com. Both will be determined by fan vote, so feel free to visit the website for more info on them.