It looks like the next time the Bengals see Andre Smith is going to be at training camp. Smith missed all of the Bengals OTA sessions this offseason and now he'll be missing the team's mandatory minicamp this week, coach Marvin Lewis said on Tuesday.
"He's really dealing with something he's got to get through," Lewis said, via Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer. "We would have hoped he would have been here and picked up on some of the things we felt like were good to work on at this point in the year for himself personally with football. But he's got some personal things he's dealing with. Obviously, there's certain things that come with not being here these three days, so, that's unfortunate for him."
Smith's absence from minicamp means the three-year, $18-million deal he signed in April will now only be worth about $17.83 million. Smith will be fined $66,150 for missing minicamp and also won't be receiving a $100,000 workout bonus.
"I have to be fair," Lewis said of fining Smith. "I mean, we are not necessarily dealing with a death in the family or something like that or your wife is having a baby or so forth. In this case, this is something there has to be ramifications from this."
Lewis never specified the issue that's keeping Smith from minicamp, but he did say that it was unrelated to Smith's January arrest for bringing a .38-caliber handgun to the Atlanta airport.
The Bengals mandatory minicamp runs through June 13.