‘Pacman’ resumes workouts

Published 2:25 am Thursday, May 13, 2010

CINCINNATI — Cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones resumed his troubled football career with the Cincinnati Bengals on Tuesday, showing he’s in good enough shape to keep up. All other questions about his comeback have to wait.

Jones fully participated in a voluntary team workout with coaches, going through defensive drills and getting onto the field for some 7-on-7 plays. It was his first chance to meet new teammates since he agreed to a two-year deal last week.

Then, he thanked God, owner Mike Brown, coaches and the city for giving him a chance after he was out of football for a year. Jones spoke for 58 seconds, then left an interview room without taking questions.

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“To gain you guys’ trust is not going to come overnight,” Jones said. “It’s going to take time.”

The overriding question is always the same for Jones: Can he stay out of trouble?

The former first-round draft pick couldn’t do that at Tennessee, where he got suspended for the entire 2007 season. Dallas was next to give him another chance, but he got into trouble there, too. Jones drew a six-game suspension in 2008 for an alcohol-related scuffle with a team-provided bodyguard.

The Cowboys gave up on him and he was out of football last year, weighed down by his six arrests and a dozen instances that involved police intervention.