Bernard, Burfict buddies again after dispute

While doing an interview with a reporter Sunday morning, Bengals running back Giovani Bernard was approached by linebacker Vontaze Burfict, who slung his right arm around the 5-foot-8 rookie and grinned, seemingly knowing what the line of questioning would be.

That’s because during Saturday’s practice, Bernard and Burfict got into a spirited argument after safety George Iloka popped and dropped Bernard in what was supposed to be a no-contact drill.

Bernard bounced to his feet immediately and didn’t seem bothered by the infraction. But when Burfict, who had put Bernard on the ground a few plays earlier, ran over to celebrate the shot, Bernard took exception and went after him before being surrounded by his offensive linemen and ushered back to the huddle.

“You hit him and he falls,” Burfict said. “We’ve got to toughen him up a little bit.”

Both players were laughing about it Sunday.

“That’s my man. I love Vontaze,” Bernard said. “That’s a person I definitely idolize on this team. He just has this fierce passion about the game. Every day he comes out he’s ready to go. That’s something I try to match, because every single day we’re going to go at it.”

Defending Gresham

In a Friday story written by Dayton Daily News contributor Carlos “Big C” Holmes, Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham blamed himself for the playoff loss at Houston, saying “There’s no doubt about it, I cost my team the game.”

Sunday after practice, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said that wasn’t the case.

“We all lost the football game,” Lewis said. “One play or one player doesn’t lose a football game.”

Lewis went on to praise some of the other things Gresham said in the article as well as the way he has responded early in camp.

“The interview he did the other day … was just outstanding,” he said. “I don’t want him to heap all the pressure on himself all of the time like that, but just the way he was speaking about his teammates. He really has done a great job of stepping up his leadership on this football team, doing everything that’s asked of him. He’s got such a big heart and is such a good kid. It’s fun to watch it come out of him.”

Ready but resting

Offensive tackle Andre Smith, who is on the Active/Non-Football Injury list with a calf issue, said Sunday morning he is “1,000 percent ready” to practice. But later that afternoon he was in street clothes for the fourth consecutive day.

“I would’ve been out there the first day if it was my call,” Smith said. “But again, it’s not up to me.”

Painful publicity

Linebacker James Harrison is known as a hard hitter, and he doesn’t soft-pedal his answers either.

A little more than three minutes into an interview, Harrison was asked his thoughts on Hard Knocks.

“Pain in the A double S,” he said. “Thanks, guys.”

Interview over.

Crowd count

The Bengals listed the rough attendance figure Sunday as more than 2,000 as the crowd hit capacity at one point, resulting in people only being let in when others left.

It was the first time since moving training camp to Cincinnati last year that the team has reached capacity for a practice session.

The largest crowd for a practice-field session last year was 1,700.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Sports

Bengals announce list of 24 legends to be honored in Weeks 1, 2
Bengals announce list of 24 legends to be honored in Weeks 1, 2

As part of their 50th season celebration, the Cincinnati Bengals will honor former players at each home game this season. On Thursday, the team announced which players will be on the field for the first two home games. The player’s ranking in Bengals First 50 list is in parenthesis. Week 1, Sunday, Sept. 10 vs. Baltimore: QB Ken Anderson (2)...
WATCH: Bowling Green kicker drills 53-yarder for scholarship
WATCH: Bowling Green kicker drills 53-yarder for scholarship

Bowling Green kicker Jake Suder just made the biggest kick of his life. Falcons coach Mike Jinks reportedly randomly challenged Suder: Make a 53-yarder, earn a scholarship. None of the other coaches knew of Jinks’ plan. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"...
Baseball reacts to loss of longtime Reds scout Gene Bennett
Baseball reacts to loss of longtime Reds scout Gene Bennett

The baseball world and Reds organization mourn the loss longtime scout and executive Gene Bennett. The Reds broadcast honored Bennett on Wednesday. Bennett, a longtime Reds scout, passed away at age 89 earlier in the day. “Gene was one of the game’s great scouts,” Reds owner Bob Castellini said. “He loved baseball...
Betting lines for Browns, DeShone Kizer
Betting lines for Browns, DeShone Kizer

The Browns’ season could go a number of directions. Sports Betting Dime suggests most of them aren’t good. The site gives Cleveland the second-best odds at the No. 1 overall pick. Their 5/1 is second to the Jets’ 4/1. DeShone Kizer, who isn’t expected to start opening weekend, has the fourth-best odds to throw the most...
WATCH: Sean Casey wears “The Mayor” jersey on MLB Network
WATCH: Sean Casey wears “The Mayor” jersey on MLB Network

Former Reds first baseman Sean Casey is a fan of Players Weekend. On Players Weekend Aug. 25-27, players will wear nicknames on their jerseys. Casey got into the act on MLB Network, wearing a Reds jersey with “The Mayor” across the back. “I was the mayor at some point, guys,” Casey said, laughing. “And I still am.&rdquo...
More Stories