Tag:Antwan Odom
Posted on: August 22, 2011 12:20 pm
Edited on: August 22, 2011 12:46 pm

Antwan Odom OK after being shot in the leg

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

UPDATED (12:40 p.m. ET): More from WKRG News 5's Jessica Taloney, who reports that Odom suffered only a flesh wound on his upper right thigh. He apparently was shot during a home invasion Monday morning after the shooter entered the house through an unlocked door. A man named Tony Gildersleeve has been named a suspect in the shooting.

When Taloney knocked on Odom's door today, Odom was eating breakfast with his family. Taloney also tweeted that the family seemed in good spirits, and there was plenty of laughter emanating from the house (Odom wouldn't come to the door, but a PR person who answered said everything was OK).


Life for former Bengals and Titans DL Antwan Odom has been brutal the past few years.

And this morning, it only got worse, as WKRG News 5’s Jessica Taloney reports that Odom was shot in the leg about 4:30 a.m. Monday. The injury is not life-threatening, and deputies in Mobile, Ala., are currently looking for the shooter.

OdomIt has been an absolutely terrible three years for Odom.

He recorded eight sacks in the first six games of 2009, but then suffered a season-ending Achilles injury. He was suspended for the first four games in 2010 for violating the league’s substance abuse policy (Odom said at the time that it wasn’t for steroids or performance enhancing drugs). After returning from his suspension, he only played four games last year, recording just three tackles before he was placed on IR with a wrist injury.

He wasn’t just injured, though. Basically, Odom was ineffective, which is why the Bengals cut him in July.

To make matters worse, his $1.1 million Cincinnati home burned to the ground last March (Odom, his wife and his five kids were not at home). And now, he’s got a bullet in his leg.

It’s safe to say that, assuming Odom recovers and that he turns out OK, he’s due for a few years of good luck.

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Posted on: April 14, 2011 12:57 pm

Offseason Checkup: Tennessee Titans

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

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The Titans are in need of an overhaul, which is exactly what they’ll be getting this year (whether they want it or not). Long-time coach Jeff Fisher is gone, replaced by his former OL coach, Mike Munchak. Defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil is gone, replaced by Jerry Gray.

So is offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger, replaced by Chris Palmer. So is QB Vince Young, replaced by, um, who exactly?

You might have forgotten this, but at one point last season, Tennessee was 5-2. Then, the Titans lost eight of their final nine games of the season to finish the season on a disastrous note. A note that signified that the organization needs a makeover and fast.

New coaching staff

The end of Fisher’s tenure in Tennessee was awfully strange. Though it seemed like owner Bud Adams thought about picking Young over Fisher, he actually didn’t. He wanted Fisher to stay, and Fisher agreed to return. Until he didn’t, changing his mind and resigning his position. Which means that the Titans are going through a wholesale change, and considering the lockout is preventing the staff from meeting with the players, Tennessee will have a tough time catching up.

One of the biggest losses to the team, though, was when DL coach Jim Washburn left for Philadelphia. Jason Babin – who made his first Pro Bowl last season – was really upset with the transition, because he knows how much Washburn tutored him. Washburn also helped develop Albert Haynesworth, Kyle Vanden Bosch and Antwan Odom, and his loss will be felt, especially if Babin leaves via free agency.

1. Quarterback
Young is gone, and though he compiled a 26-13 record and two Pro Bowl appearances in his five seasons with the Titans, a clean break from the organization clearly was needed. So, who to replace him? Kerry Collins, but he’s 38 years old. Rusty Smith, but he’ll be a second-year player with only one start of experience. So, where do you go next? Backup Brett Ratliff? I don’t think so.

2. Interior Offensive Line
LG Leroy Harris and C Eugene Amano struggled last season – one reason RB Chris Johnson’s numbers weren’t as good as he expected. Harris is still young, so the Titans might continue to use him, but Johnson might be appreciative if the Tennessee played somebody else at LG and C. RG Jake Scott, meanwhile, is solid and dependable.

3. Defensive Tackle
When the Titans talked about trading back for Albert Haynesworth last season, you know they were desperate for another DT. Thus, the Titans have to be loving the recent supposed drop in value of Auburn DT Nick Fairley. Although the undersized Jason Jones is quite a strong player at one DT spot, Fairley could add big talent to the defensive line if he’s still available for the Titans to draft at No. 8.

Is there optimism for the Titans next season? I don’t see how. Not after they lost their quarterback and then hired a head coach who’s never even been a coordinator to lead the team. Munchak, a pro football Hall of Famer because of his playing skills, is well-respected inside the game, but it might take a year or two to turn around the organization that, let’s face it, was left in total disarray.

And while we can say the AFC South isn’t necessarily going to be dominated by the Colts next season, I’d put the Jaguars and Texans ahead of Tennessee in the race for the division crown. By far.

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Posted on: March 15, 2011 4:59 pm

Antwan Odom's house burns down

Posted by Andy Benoit

Bengals defensive end Antwan Odom has lost his Cincinnati home to a fire.

The blaze erupted at around 2:40 a.m. Mason Deputy Fire Chief Craig Bryant said the house is a "total loss." Carrie Cochran of the Cincinnati Enquirer snapped a picture of the damage.

Fortunately, Odom, his wife and their five children live in Alabama during the offseason. It is not known if that’s where they are now, but a neighbor said the family is out of town.

Interestingly enough, the Bengals said they are in the process of contacting Odom to express their concern. Teams are forbidden from communicating with players during the lockout. But, team spokesman Jack Brennan explains, "For just an expression of concern it’s OK to contact him. There is no business-related contact with players during lockout, but for a personal matter such as this we are at least able to try to reach him."

Odom’s home was valued at $1.1 million. Odom signed a five-year, $29.5 million contract in 2008 ($11.5 million guaranteed).

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Posted on: December 2, 2010 4:16 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2010 4:17 pm

Patriots G Neal, Bengals DE Odom to I.R.

Posted by Andy Benoit

Two teams placed key players on Injured Reserve Thursday. One team is still relevant, the other is not.

The relevant team? New England. Lost for the season is right guard Stephen Neal (shoulder). Neal will be replaced by Dan Connolly, who did a solid job filling in at left guard when Logan Mankins was holding out. Connolly doesn't have Neal's raw power, but he's a decent athlete. The bigger story may be that Neal’s career could be over. Injuries over the year have left the ninth-year veteran in rough shape, particularly his bad shoulders. Neal contemplated retirement before the season.

The irrelevant team? Cincinnati. Lost for the season is defensive end Antwan Odom (wrist). You may have thought Odom was already out for the season due to the fact that he missed four games with a suspension and has been a complete nonfactor when on the field this year. The veteran pass-rusher has struggled to rebound from last season’s Achilles injury (most speed-oriented defensive ends do).

Odom will likely be replaced by Michael Johnson, a talented but inconsistent second-year pro who is practically the only Bengals end still healthy.

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Posted on: November 20, 2010 2:13 pm

Week 11 injury report analysis Part I

Posted by Andy Benoit

Ravens @ Panthers
M. Schaub (US Presswire)
Ravens guard Chris Chester is questionable with a skin infection. If he’s unable to go, utility backup Tony Moll would fill-in. That would be a downgrade in terms of run-blocking mobility, though Baltimore would survive.

The Panthers are without pretty much any offensive player worth watching. QB Jimmy Clausen is out (concussion). RB Jonathan Stewart is also concussed and won’t play. Same goes for rookie WR Brandon LaFell. RB DeAngelo Williams is done for the season with a foot injury. With backup RB Tyrell Sutton also out (ankle), the run game will fall on the shoulders of Mike Goodson. Against this Ravens defense it will be tough for the second-year pro to match his 100-yard output of a week ago.

Texans @ Jets

Matt Schaub is expected to play after being hospitalized midweek with a bursa sac problem. Schaub won’t have Owen Daniels (hamstring) to throw to, though.

The Jets are in a similar situation. QB Mark Sanchez (calf) was less than 100 percent all week but will play. But he won’t have arguably his favorite inside target, WR Jerricho Cotchery (groin). Expect TE Dustin Keller to play a more prominent role, especially given that Houston has no safeties who are adept in coverage and two linebackers who are questionable (Zach Diles, illness; Xavier Adibi, hamstring).

The only other injury of note here is Jets cornerback Dwight Lowery, who is out with a head injury.

Bills @ Bengals

No C.J. Spiller (hamstring) for the Bills, which means they’ll have to find someone else to dance along the outside running lanes and distrust the run-blocking. Hamstring injuries struck Buffalo’s defensive line, with Spencer Johnson out and Kyle Williams having been limited in practice this week.

The Bengals could list half their team as questionable with a bad attitude, but that would only be an admission of their failed personnel moves. Thus, they’ll stick to listing traditional injuries. Included in those injuries are both starting defensive ends being on the shelf (Antwan Odom, wrist; Jonathan Fanene, hamstring), backup DE Frostee Rucker likely joining them (knee, no practice all week) and DT Tank Johnson very doubtful with a bum knee. Slot CB Morgan Trent also has a bum knee and won’t play. If that’s not enough, LB Rey Maualuga (thigh) and S Chris Crocker (calf) were limited in practice and are both questionable.

Of course, we’re talking about two teams with a combined three wins, so really, besides Bills’ and Bengals’ friends and family, is anyone really that concerned about who takes the field Sunday?

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Posted on: October 3, 2010 11:37 am
Edited on: October 3, 2010 11:59 am

AFC Week 4 Inactives

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

First, the notable actives:

Baltimore RB Ray Rice will play today. As will Raiders WR Louis Murphy (that’s very good new for Oakland). Rookie NT Terrence Cody and DL Paul Kruger will make their 2010 debuts for the Ravens. Also, Denver's Tim Tebow is the No. 2 QB today, while Brady Quinn is No. 3. Jets RB Joe McKnight, who's been a big disappointment so far, is active for the first time. Bills CB Marcus Trufant is active as well. And in some great news for Seattle, LT Russell Okung will make his career debut. 

And now the inactives:

Darrelle Revis, CB, Jets:
He’s getting closer to returning, but against the Bills – where the only real receiving threat is Lee Evans – it’s probably unnecessary to play a Revis that’s still not 100 percent. Antonio Cromartie, who’s had mixed results as the No. 1 shutdown corner, should be OK vs. Evans.

Jonathan Fanene, DE, Bengals: This isn’t as big of a loss, considering Antwan Odom will play. Fanene has been bothered by a hamstring injury.

Cory Redding, DL, Ravens: He suffered a concussion last week, and he didn't pass his baseline tests this week. Therefore, he's inactive. It's unfortunate for Baltimore, considering the Ravens will try to slow down Pittsburgh RB Rashard Mendenhall, the fourth-leading rusher in the league.

Jake Delhomme, QB, Browns: Seneca Wallace will take over the QB spot for Cleveland for the second straight week as Delhomme tries to recover from an ankle injury. Delhomme was listed as questionable, but he was seen limping around the locker room this week. So this isn't a big surprise.

Knowshon Moreno, RB, Broncos: We know this would happen, and therefore, it falls to newly-acquired Laurence Maroney to move the ball. Last week, he struggled, gaining just 24 yards on 12 carries. QB Kyle Orton can't be expected to throw for 400-plus yards every week.

Andre' Goodman, CB, Broncos:
Bothered by a quadriceps injury, Goodman is inactive for the second-straight week. His replacement last week, Perrish Cox, gave up the TD pass to unknown Colts rookie Blair White.

Josh Wilson, CB, Ravens: Cary Williams, who missed the first two games of the season with a suspension, takes the place of Wilson. Special teams might have played a factor in this decision.

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Posted on: September 26, 2010 11:42 am
Edited on: September 26, 2010 12:51 pm

AFC inactives, Week 3

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

First, those who are active: Texans WR Andre Johnson, who had been questionable with an ankle injury; Patriots LB Brandon Spikes, who was a late add Saturday to New England’s injury report but was listed as probable; WR Joshua Cribbs, who hurt his ankle at practice Wednesday; and Baltimore CB Cary Williams, who has finished serving his two-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

Tyson Jackson, Chiefs, DE: This is the second week in a row Jackson has been out, dealing with a knee injury suffered in the first game of the season. This isn’t terrible news for Kansas City. Although he was the No. 3 overall pick last season, Jackson has done next to nothing on the field thus far.

Adam Jones, Bengals, CB: He’s been better than expected this season, but his shoulder is banged up. Expect second-year CB Morgan Trent to get much more playing time as the third CB.

Antwan Odom, Bengals, DE: He was supposed to play today as he appeals his four-game suspension for violating the performance enhancing drug policy. But he’s not on the 45-man gameday roster with a wrist injury.

Jerome Harrison, Browns, RB:
This probably won't phase coach Eric Mangini much, because, for some reason, he doesn't like seeing Harrison, who's got a thigh injury, on the field. But now that Peyton Hillis and James Davis will get the carries, it's hard not to see Cleveland struggle in the running game.

Jake Delhomme, Browns, QB:
This was expected. But it's still important nonetheless. Especially since that means Seneca Wallace will get another start.

Brian Robiskie, Browns, WR: With three important pieces of Cleveland's offense out of today's game, it could get ugly today vs. Baltimore.

Terrence Cody, Ravens, NT:
Even though he practiced all week and wasn't on the injury list, Baltimore still decided to deactivate the rookie.

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Posted on: September 10, 2010 10:01 pm

Antwan Odom could be in the clear

Posted by Andy Benoit

Earlier we reported that Bengals defensive end Antwan Odom is facing a four-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance. You may have heard that Odom is appealing. A. Odom (US Presswire)

NFL.com’s Steve Wyche offers some of the details from the appeal. Odom expects to be cleared of any wrongdoing because, according to sources, the banned element he tested positive for is contained in a prescribed medication. As Wyche writes, “There is a provision in the NFL’s banned substance policy that allows players to take prescription medicines that could contain banned substances or elements of a banned substance.

Odom will play Sunday against the Patriots.

More from Wyche’s article:

Odom is appealing the positive test but it is not known how long that process would take. He is expected to be allowed to play through that process. The source said that Odom takes medications for certain medical conditions but would not specify those conditions or the prescribed medications. The positive test result did not involve performance enhancing drugs, recreational drugs or alcohol, the source said.

This falls in line with what Odom has said all along. Earlier, he tweeted, "Yes, I tested positive for a banned substance but it wasn't steroids or [performance-enhancing drug. More details to come but for now it's a league issue that's under appeal. Just know that I would never cheat to gain an edge in this game that I love."

Odom, 28, is Cincy’s best pass-rusher. In fact, he might be the team’s only true pass-rusher. He led the Bengals with eight sacks last season despite missing the final nine-plus games with a torn Achilles. Odom recovered from the injury in time for training camp, but he missed practice time with an illness and sore knee. Still, he’s good to go Sunday.

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