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Wed, 15 May 2002 10:21:08 -0700
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports former Cincinnati Bengals QB Scott Mitchell, a unrestricted free agent, continues to work out in Florida with hopes of some NFL team calling later this summer to give him a chance to come in as an experienced backup. Mitchell, 34, said he talked with Chicago, Arizona and Indianapolis during the off-season but nothing came about of the talks. He's been maintaining his playing weight of 240 pounds.
Wed, 17 Apr 2002 10:30:37 -0700
According to the Seattle Times, Western Washington QB Scott Mitchell has a good chance of being selected in the NFL Draft this weekend. He'd be the first WWU player since DL Dave Weedman was taken in the 12th round in 1968. If Mitchell doesn't get picked during the seven-round draft, he'll likely be brought in as a rookie free agent. Mitchell threw for 2,778 yards and 25 TDs and has been praised for his mobility and decision-making skills. The Falcons, Bengals and Giants have been among the teams most interested in him.
Sat, 16 Mar 2002 02:58:23 -0800
The Arizona Republic reports the Arizona Cardinals apparently are no longer interested in signing free agent QB Scott Mitchell (Bengals). The team reportedly contacted Mitchell's agent, but they are now expected to find a third quarterback elsewhere.
Fri, 15 Mar 2002 04:15:11 -0800
The Arizona Republic reports the Arizona Cardinals are showing an interest in free agent QB Scott Mitchell (Bengals).
Thu, 14 Mar 2002 08:59:53 -0800
Updating an earlier story, the Charlotte Observer reports the Carolina Panthers have contacted agent Tony Agnone about free agent QB Scott Mitchell (Bengals). Coach John Fox has talked to Mitchell, but no offer has been made. As noted, Arizona has some interest as well and so do the Chicago Bears, according to Agnone.
Wed, 13 Mar 2002 11:09:42 -0800
Clark Judge of Fox Sports reports the Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers are reportedly showing some interest in free agent QB Scott Mitchell (Bengals).
Tue, 22 Jan 2002 09:38:18 -0800
Geoff Hobson reports for Bengals.com the team has not made any final decision regarding free agent QB Scott Mitchell. The team continues to suggest they will find their third quarterback in April's NFL Draft. The Bengals are keeping an eye on Illinois QB Kurt Kittner as a possible second-round choice and others as well including Rohan Davey of LSU. Team President Mike Brown did acknowledge Monday that QB Akili Smith's torn hamstring has muddied Mitchell's situation, but all signs point to the Bengals going to training camp without him.
Wed, 16 Jan 2002 10:35:47 -0800
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports QB Jon Kitna appears to be the likely starting quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals at the start of the 2002 season. QB Akili Smith (hamstring) has a long road ahead of him in recovering from a torn hamstring and the club is unlikely to re-sign QB Scott Mitchell, who is a free agent.
Fri, 04 Jan 2002 17:41:56 -0800
Cincinnati Bengals QB Scott Mitchell (ribs) will be the No. 2 QB this weekend according to ESPN's John Clayton. DE Vaughn Booker (hip), CB Artrell Hawkins (shoulder) and G Matt O'Dwyer (knee) are all expected to play after being able to practice Friday.
Thu, 03 Jan 2002 15:31:32 -0800
Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson reports Cincinnati Bengals CB Artrell Hawkins (shoulder) practiced on Thursday with light contact. He's still questionable for this weekend's game. QB Scott Mitchell (ribs) took more snaps on Thursday and he may be able to be active this weekend. LG Matt O'Dwyer (knee) practiced again Thursday. H-back Nick Williams (calf) aggravated his calf on Wednesday and missed Thursday's practice, while FB Lorenzo Neal (cold) missed his second day in a row of action.
Wed, 02 Jan 2002 17:50:20 -0800
Geoff Hobson reports for Bengals.com CB Artrell Hawkins (shoulder separation) did not practice today, but he may still play Sunday. Backup QB Scott Mitchell (rib cage) threw lightly in practice and is questionable. HB Nick Williams (calf) re-aggravated his injury and he remains questionable to play. Starting LG Matt O'Dwyer (knee) practiced today and he too remains questionable. LOLB Steve Foley (back) is OUT for Sunday's game.
Fri, 28 Dec 2001 21:54:20 -0800
Geoff Hobson reports for Bengals.com LG Matt O'Dwyer (knee) has not practiced all week and it does not look like he will play Sunday. OLB Steve Foley (back) probably won't play, either. H-back Nick Williams worked with his bruised calf Friday, but he is still questionable. Backup QB Scott Mitchell (rib cage) is doing better, but if he played he could only hand off.
Wed, 26 Dec 2001 19:50:22 -0800
Geoff Hobson reports for Bengals.com QB Scott Mitchell (rib cage) is improving, but cold weather today kept him from practicing. He's still doubtful for Sunday and trainer Paul Sparling said he would probably only play in an emergency and all he could do is hand-off. LG Matt O'Dwyer (knee) had a MRI on his knee and it confirmed the sprain in his medial collateral knee ligament which kept him out of three games earlier in the season is low grade and he's questionable. LB Steve Foley (back) remains doubtful for Sunday.
Mon, 24 Dec 2001 11:18:05 -0800
Geoff Hobson reports for Bengals.com that Cincinnati Bengals QB Jon Kitna, who has thrown 10 TDs and 20 INTs on the season, is hopeful of sticking with the Bengals long-term but realizes his time may be short due to a poor season. It looks like Kitna will get the starting nod again this weekend because QB Scott Mitchell (ribs) remains doubtful and the team may not be ready to hand the starting spot over to recently re-signed Todd Covington.
Mon, 24 Dec 2001 07:00:22 -0800
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Cincinnati Bengals QB Scott Mitchell (ribs) is doubtful for next week. LB Steve Foley (back) is questionable. DT Oliver Gibson and G Matt O'Dwyer are probable for the Steelers game with knee injuries. FB/TE Nick Williams (calf) is questionable.
Fri, 21 Dec 2001 19:17:25 -0800
Geoff Hobson reports for Bengals.com QB Scott Mitchell (rib) and OLB Steve Foley (back) won't make the trip to Baltimore when the Bengals play the Ravens Sunday. LB Canute Curtis gets his second straight start in place of Foley.
Wed, 19 Dec 2001 14:22:54 -0800
Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson reports Cincinnati Bengals QB Jon Kitna (finger) wasn't supposed to take all the snaps in practice on Wednesday but an injury to Scott Mitchell (ribs) left Kitna on the field to finish practice. Kitna said his middle finger was sorer than he thought it would be after practice. It appears he'll have to start again this weekend even though his finger injury is an issue.
Wed, 19 Dec 2001 14:21:25 -0800
Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson reports Cincinnati Bengals QB Scott Mitchell (ribs) was injured during Wednesday's practice and is now very doubtful for this weekend's game. The Bengals are now short at the quarterback position with Jon Kitna the only semi-healthy player. QB Scott Covington is reportedly in transit to Cincinnati to join the team at Thursday's practice. Mitchell injured the right side of his rib-cage while throwing a pass on Wednesday.
Wed, 12 Dec 2001 15:06:03 -0800
Bengals.com reports Cincinnati Bengals head coach Dick LeBeau said QBs Akili Smith and Scott Mitchell are rotating at quarterback during practice right now because of Jon Kitna's finger injury. Kitna won't do anything today or tomorrow but will try to workout on Friday. Kitna may be a game time decision. LeBeau said the team hasn't made a decision that Smith would be the starter for the remaining games.
Thu, 13 Sep 2001 07:23:00 -0700
The Cincinnati Inquirer reports Cincinnati Bengals rookie DE Justin Smith made his debut at the team's practice yesterday. He was a little jumpy," defensive line coach Tim Krumrie said of Smith. "It's just a matter of repetition. He got quite a few (repetitions) today." QB Scott Mitchell returned to practice Wednesday and appeared to reclaim his place as the team's No. 2 QB.
Sun, 09 Sep 2001 19:05:28 -0700
Geoff Hobson reports for Bengals.com Cincinnati Bengals WR Danny Farmer's hyperextended knee caused him to miss today's game. The team only dressed four WRs. QB Scott Mitchell was named the No. 3 QB for today's game behind starter Jon Kitna and No. 2 Akili Smith. The Bengals deactivated QB Scott Covington Sunday for the game, as well as RB Rudi Johnson, OL Jamain Stephens and Victor Leyva, WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh and DL Mario Monds.
Fri, 07 Sep 2001 23:20:18 -0700
Geoff Hobson reports for Bengals.com QB Scott Mitchell's ankle has improved so much that coach Dick LeBeau is going to take a look at him Saturday before deciding on his status for Sunday's game. DT Tony Williams (finger) returned to practice Friday after missing Thursday's workout.
Thu, 06 Sep 2001 15:43:54 -0700
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Cincinnati Bengals DE John Copeland (strained right hamstring) and rookie G Victor Leyva (sprained right ankle) are doubtful for New England. Rookie WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh also is doubtful with a bruised heel. WR Danny Farmer (knee), QB Akili Smith (shoulder) and DT Tony Williams (shoulder) are probable. QB Scott Mitchell (ankle sprain) has been ruled out.
Mon, 03 Sep 2001 20:32:03 -0700
Geoff Hobson reports for Bengals.com QB Scott Mitchell promised a quick return from his ankle injury and he could be right. After a prognosis of missing six weeks with a high ankle sprain, Bengals trainer Paul Sparling revised the call Tuesday to two to three weeks. Sparling said Mitchell suffered a sprain of his medial ligament, which isn't as high in the ankle as previously thought. Sparling said Mitchell is out Sunday, but Mitchell said maybe not. "I ran the sprints after practice," Mitchell said. "Not at full speed, of course, and someone told me that was full speed." Right now, give Mitchell's injury, Akili Smith is the No. 2 QB.
Sun, 02 Sep 2001 08:15:04 -0700
Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson reports the Bengals made more roster cuts today and the list contained a few surprises. S/KR Tremain Mack and P Daniel Pope were two of the cuts. The team placed rookie TE Sean Brewer on the injured reserve list. WR Damon Griffin was also placed on IR with a minor injury. The team officially re-signed QB Scott Covington when the team was forced to carry four QBs due to Scott Mitchell's injury. Also released were FB Clif Groce and DE Kevin Henry. WR Malcolm Johnson, C Roger Roesler and DE Corey Moore joined the list of released players. Rookie free agents who have practice squad eligibility that were cut were TE Kirk McMullen, DT Jeff Boyle, and LBs Rashad Harris and Chris Edmonds.
Sat, 01 Sep 2001 09:42:54 -0700
Geoff Hobson reports for Bengals.com QB Scott Mitchell said he'll be back in less than four weeks from his ankle injury. Bengals trainer Paul Sparling, who has already ruled Mitchell out of the regular-season opener in 10 days with the high ankle sprain, says four to eight weeks. Due to Mitchell's situation, the team may look to add a fourth QB. The Bengals were in touch Friday with the agent for QB Scott Covington, whom they released earlier. They may also scan the waiver wire or look for a trade. The Steelers are shopping Kent Graham and Eric Zeier is on the bubble in Atlanta.
Sat, 01 Sep 2001 08:51:10 -0700
The Post Gazette reports Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher confirmed QB Kent Graham will be traded or released before tomorrow's roster cutdown deadline. His release could suprisingly open the No. 2 QB spot for Tommy Maddox, not Tee Martin as many expected. "Right now, I'm not ready to make that statement," Cowher said yesterday, acknowledging it's possible. The Steelers are trying to find a team that might be interested in Graham's services. Cincinnati, who just lost Scott Mitchell for six weeks, could possibly have some interest.
Thu, 30 Aug 2001 22:03:26 -0700
Bengals.com reports Cincinnati Bengals backup QB Scott Mitchell suffered a severely sprained ankle during tonight's game against the Colts and is expected to be out at least six weeks, possibly longer.
Mon, 27 Aug 2001 09:53:59 -0700
Len Pasquarelli reports for ESPN.com Cincinnati Bengals coach Dick LeBeau termed the competition "very close," between QBs Jon Kitna and Scott Mitchell to be the team's No. 1 QB. On Monday the coach selected Kitna over Mitchell as their starting quarterback for the regular season.
Sat, 25 Aug 2001 21:36:58 -0700
Geoff Hobson reports for Bengals.com QB Jon Kitna joined QB Scott Mitchell in the "struggle department" on Saturday night. He completed 12 of 24 passes for just 111 yards. Kitna had two fumbles, one of which he lost. WR Darnay Scott dropped a TD pass on the first drive of the game and Peter Warrick had two drops over the middle. QB Akili Smith's case of tendinitis in his throwing shoulder caused him to miss the game, as expected.
Sat, 25 Aug 2001 20:33:12 -0700
The Associated Press reports the Buffalo Bills defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 20-10 earlier tonight. Bengals QB Scott Mitchell was sacked for a safety and threw two interceptions to setup Bills scores. Mitchell completed 8 of 19 passes for 97 yards in the first half. Bengals RB Brandon Bennett had a 76-yard run for a TD for the team's only TD. The Bills running game struggled. RB Sammy Morris started had a couple of nice runs on his way to a 10-carry, 52-yard game. Rookie RB Travis Henry ran seven times for 35 yards. RB Shawn Bryson, bothered by an ankle sprain, lost four yards on two carries. QB Rob Johnson played the first half and the first series of the second half, completing 8 of 19 for 81 yards. He added a 13-yard TD pass to WR Jeremy McDaniel. Bengals RB Corey Dillon got his first carries of the pre-season and he had 34 yards on seven first-quarter carries.
Sat, 25 Aug 2001 07:47:32 -0700
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Cincinnati Bengals QB Scott Mitchell could take a big step to winning the team's starting QB job in tonight's pre-season game. Coach Dick LeBeau will make his decision on the starter early next week, and Jon Kitna and Mitchell are running a close one-two. “I'm the guy who comes in under the radar around here,” Mitchell said. “I'll be able to deal with whatever happens. If I don't start, I'll be upset. But I know in this league you don't go through a season without playing two or three guys.” Mitchell has been playing well and working hard in training camp and the pre-season.
Wed, 22 Aug 2001 18:09:34 -0700
Geoff Hobson reports for Bengals.com QB Akili Smith said he has very real doubts he'll be able to play Saturday against Buffalo after not throwing for the eighth straight practice Wednesday. His absence will probably kill his hopes of winning the team's No. 1 QB slot. Coach Dick LeBeau said it is not definite Smith is out, "but if the game were today, he couldn't play." QB Scott Mitchell is getting the start. If Smith does not play, No. 4 QB Scott Covington has a good chance of getting his first action in a pre-season game this year.
Mon, 20 Aug 2001 22:57:36 -0700
Geoff Hobson reports for Bengals.com QB Akili Smith will undergo an MRI on Tuesday on his sore right shoulder. He's hoping he'll be able to throw from scrimmage for the first time in more than a week. He's also trying to clear up the doubts that have him running as the Bengals third QB behind Jon Kitna and Scott Mitchell. Smith's absence appears to have benefited Mithchell the most. Asked if he think he's running third, Smith said, "Yeah, but I know in an instant I can go from three to two to one. It's been going that way. It's been juggling around. I just hope I get to go second against Buffalo and not make any mental mistakes."
Mon, 20 Aug 2001 14:22:29 -0700
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Cincinnati Bengals QBs Jon Kitna and Scott Mitchell are running close to being the No. 1 and 2 QBs. Akili Smith remains third in spite of his good showing at Chicago in the pre-season opener. Scott Mitchell will be the third quarterback to start in three pre-season games. He has been the team's only healthy quarterback for the entire camp. Akili Smith (right shoulder) and Scott Covington should be ready to throw this morning. Head coach Dick LeBeau is expected to name his starting quarterback after the Buffalo game this weekend.
Thu, 16 Aug 2001 05:47:51 -0700
Geoff Hobson reports for Bengals.com QB Jon Kitna (back spasms) returned to practice on Wednesday and took about half the snaps along with Scott Mitchell. QBs Scott Covington (back) should be back Thursday and Akili Smith (shoulder) on Monday. DEs Vaughn Booker and Jevon Langford and OLBs Adrian Ross and Canute Curtis all missed practice with a virus. MLB Brian Simmons (shoulder) was also out.
Sun, 12 Aug 2001 17:38:12 -0700
The Associated Press reports Cincinnati Bengals QB Jon Kitna complained of back spasms as the team's workout concluded on Sunday. Kitna is day-to-day but said he does not expect to practice Monday. The Bengals have already announced that Scott Mitchell will start the team's next pre-season game August 25 at home against Buffalo. As previously reported, QB Akili Smith (bruised right throwing shoulder) is hurting too.
Fri, 10 Aug 2001 20:33:16 -0700
The Associated Press reports Cincinnati Bengals PK Neil Rackers kicked a 34-yard FG at the final gun to give the Bengals a 27-24 win over the Detroit Lions. Cincinnati rookie WR Chad Johnson's 16-yard TD catch (from QB Scott Mitchell) had tied the game at 24. Jon Kitna threw an 8-yard TD pass to Darnay Scott for the Bengals and FB Cliff Groce scored on a 2-yard TD run to complete the Bengals TDs. For the Lions WR Larry Foster was the star as he had an 80-yard punt return TD and an 101-yard kickoff return for another TD. The Lions other TD was a Charlie Batch to Johnnie Morton 47-yard pass.
Tue, 31 Jul 2001 21:42:24 -0700
Geoff Hobson reports for Bengals.com coach Dick LeBeau said he has not seen much difference between QBs Jon Kitna and Scott Mitchell in training camp. He also disputed media reports the club has interest in Denver’s Gus Frerotte. Management is also denying interest in Frerotte. "There is not," said LeBeau when asked if there is big separation between Kitna and Mitchell.
Tue, 31 Jul 2001 17:23:22 -0700
Geoff Hobson reports for Bengals.com the team has named QB Jon Kitna its starter for this week's pre-season game. Coach Dick LeBeau wouldn't say in which order Kitna, Scott Mitchell, Akili Smith and Scott Covington would work. He did say Kitna might play more than a quarter.
Fri, 27 Jul 2001 11:41:34 -0700
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports QB Jon Kitna will get the first snaps at quarterback in Saturday's intrasquad scrimmage. However, coach Dick LeBeau said not to read too much into that as Scott Mitchell and Akili Smith will also get their fair amount of snaps.
Sat, 21 Jul 2001 07:19:45 -0700
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the Cincinnati Bengals plan to have QBs Jon Kitna, Scott Mitchell and Akili Smith share snaps in practice until one of them separates himself from the others. “It's not the ideal situation, but it's best for us right now,” offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski said.
Sun, 15 Jul 2001 01:50:39 -0700
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports although the official line from the Cincinnati Bengals is the QB race is "even," it is probably Jon Kitna's job to lose. The quarterback derby among Kitna, Scott Mitchell and Akili Smith obviously will be watched more closely than other positions during training camp. Neither offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski nor coach Dick Le Beau will say who the starter is. Le Beau did describe what he wants in his QB. "Consistent execution, poise, ability to run and move the offense," LeBeau said. Bratkowski would like his QB to be like Trent Dilfer was in Baltimore last season - You don't have to win the game. Just don't lose it.
Sun, 27 May 2001 13:05:07 -0700
Chick Ludwig, of the Daily News, reports for the Sporting News that Cincinnati Bengals QB Jon Kitna has struggled in making his transition to the Bengals this year. He's had a lot of trouble with holding onto the football during snaps because he's pulling his hands apart too quickly. Kitna is in competition with QBs Akili Smith and Scott Mitchell for the starting job this season.
Mon, 07 May 2001 12:09:32 -0700
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the quarterback battle in Cincinnati kicked off during the team's recent mini-camp. QBs Jon Kitna, Scott Mitchell and Akili Smith are all being listed as a starter because the race is currently very close. They all split equal reps in practice during camp.
Wed, 25 Apr 2001 13:14:21 -0700
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati Bengals head coach Dick LeBeau said with the recent signing of QB Scott Mitchell, the team is set at that particular postion. President Mike Brown hinted after the draft that the team might have picked up QB Drew Brees if he was still available when the Bengals drafted in the second round. However, LeBeau said he feels very confident with his group and feels the team will not be searching for another QB.
Sun, 22 Apr 2001 19:29:22 -0700
Joe Kay reports for the Associated Press once QB Scott Mitchell signs his contract with the Cincinnati Bengals he is expected to compete with Scott Covington for a backup spot. QBs Jon Kitna and Akili Smith will compete for the starting role. GM Mike Brown was prepared to draft a quarterback before Mitchell agreed to return. Brown likes Mitchell as a QB. "When we played with him, we were competitive and we won some, too," Brown said Sunday afternoon.
Sun, 22 Apr 2001 16:53:03 -0700
Len Pasquarelli of SportsLine.com reports a Pittsburgh Steelers source said that the team was "shocked" by QB Scott Mitchell's decision to return to the Cincinnati Bengals and that Pittsburgh "was confident" that it would consummate a deal early this week. Apparently the Steelers only offered Mitchell a one-year, $477,000 contract, while the Bengals offered close to $800,000 for one year.
Sun, 22 Apr 2001 15:52:45 -0700
Geoff Hobson reports for Bengals.com QB Scott Mitchell has now decided to return to the Cincinnati Bengals. He has agreed to a one-year deal. He'll now be competing with Jon Kitna and Akili Smith for the team's starting QB spot. Mitchell had strongly considered an offer from Pittsburgh, but he agreed to a contract that is probably in the same $800,000 range he played for last year. He also had said it would be difficult for him to return to Cincinnati. "There is some trepidation, no question about it," said Tony Agnone, Mitchell’s agent. Mitchell felt like he owed some loyalty to coach Dick LeBeau and thus he decided against the Steelers offer.
Sun, 22 Apr 2001 00:49:08 -0700
The Post-Gazette reports the Pittsburgh Steelers did not draft a QB during the first day of the NFL Draft on Saturday. Free agent QB Scott Mitchell said Saturday he will probably be a Steeler "pretty soon." "I spoke with Bill Cowher this morning and had a good conversation. There's a strong possibility I will be there," said Mitchell. He would compete with QB Kent Graham for a roster spot during training camp, if he signs.