By GEOFF HOBSON
May 18, 2006
Posted: 5:20 p.m.
More than two years after doctors said he miraculously pulled out of a 10-day coma, former Bengals cornerback Dennis Weathersby has been cleared by doctors to play football again.
An NFL source that regularly deals with teams said Thursday that Weathersby is reportedly back up to 205 pounds and is interested in returning to the league after appearing in just four games as a rookie in 2003 before a near-fatal car accident.
Weathersby suffered a severe head injury in an April 12, 2004 wreck in suburban Cincinnati in which the car he was driving slid off a rain-soaked road and slammed into a utility pole.
After missing all of the 2004 season, doctors concluded that Weathersby wasnít healthy enough to play football and the Bengals released him on March 11, 2005.
Itís doubtful Cincinnati would re-sign him at this point. Since the Bengals selected Weathersby in the fourth round out of Oregon State in 2003, they have traded for a Pro Bowl cornerback (Deltha OíNeal), and drafted one in the first round in Johnathan Joseph and another in the second round in Keiwan Ratliff.