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Rough week for Bengals continues with Antwan Odom release

Antwan Odom

FILE - This is an Aug. 15, 2010, file photo showing Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Antwan Odom on the sideline during an NFL game against the Denver Broncos, in Cincinnati. The NFL rejected Odom’s appeal on Friday, Oct. 15, 2010, and suspended him four games for violating its policy on performance-enhancing substances. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke, File)


I’ve always had a soft spot for the Bengals, but this has undeniably been a tough week for the organization.

Carson Palmer is more “retired” than ever. The team traded Ochocinco for pennies, lost cornerback Johnathan Joseph, and signed two former Raiders. (Thomas Howard and Bruce Gradkowski.)

Now they have to cut one of their most promising defensive players because of injuries. Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Bengals have released defensive end Antwan Odom.

Odom just couldn’t stay healthy the last few years after a fast start to the 2009 season.

We do have some positive news for Bengals fans: They brought back running back Brian Leonard back for two seasons, according to Geoff Hobson of

UPDATE: The Bengals also cut Morgan Trent. They placed Carson Palmer on the reserved/did not report list, as expected.