Tenth-year NFL vet signed with Bengals as a free agent on Aug. 29 and has assumed starting center role, though he has missed the last three games ... Has helped RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis rank second in NFL this season in third-and-one rushing conversions (10) ... Not in a 2012 NFL camp prior to his signing, but was sought out for his experience and his familiarity with offenses similar to Cincinnati’s, as Bengals looked to replace injured starting C Kyle Cook ... Started his career as a first-round draft choice of Cleveland, and also played for New Orleans and Tampa Bay ... Started 15 games for Tampa Bay last season, anchoring an offense that ranked 11th in the NFL in fewest sacks allowed per passing play.
2012 HIGHLIGHTS: Has played Games 1-8, with starts in Games 1-7 ... Did not start in Game 8, Nov. 4 vs. Denver, due to hamstring injury, but played the second half after starter Trevor Robinson was sidelined ... Active-DNP for Games 9-11, due to the hamstring injury ... Part of a line that has helped RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis convert 10-of-11 rushing opportunities on third-down-and-one ... Green-Ellis’s total of 10 ranks second in NFL, and the only player with more, Houston RB Arian Foster with 11, has had 17 tries to Green-Ellis’s 11 ... Contributed to 4.6-yard rushing avg. (28-129) Sept. 10 at Baltimore ... On Sept. 16 vs. Cleveland, helped lead blocking effort for offensive output that netted 395 yards and 34 points ... Contributed to 478 yards net offense in 38-31 win Sept. 23 at Washington ... Battled through hamstring injury to play Sept. 30 at Jacksonville, and contributed to 382-yard output with offense allowing no sacks ... Supported blocking effort Oct. 14 at Cleveland that paved way for 438 yards of total offense.
Selected by Cleveland in first round of 2003 NFL Draft (21st overall) ... Signed with Browns on 7-30-03 ... Traded by Cleveland on 4-29-06 to New Orleans along with Browns second second-round choice in 2006 draft (43rd overall; used to select DB Roman Harper) for Saints second-round ’06 choice (34th overall; used to select LB D’Qwell Jackson) ... Signed with Tampa Bay as an unrestricted free agent on 3-1-08 ... Released by Tampa Bay on 3-14-12 ... Signed with Bengals as a free agent on 8-29-12.PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2011
- Started 15 games (Games 1-6 and 8-16) for Tampa Bay ... Aided pass protection that allowed only 32 sacks in 620 passing plays, 11th-best sacks-per-play in NFL ... Supported rushing attack that averaged 4.2 yards per carry ... Supported 5.5-yard team rushing average in win Sept. 11 at Minnesota ... In Monday night win Sept. 19 vs. Indianapolis, aided 127-yard rushing game with a TD for LeGarrette Blount, and team rushed for 192 ... In win Oct. 16 vs. New Orleans, aided 109-yard rushing game by Earnest Graham, as well as 303-yard passing game by Josh Freeman with no sacks allowed.2010
—Played and started eight games for Tampa Bay ... Helped offense to 340 yards in season-opening win Sept. 12 vs. Cleveland ... Aided 421-yard total, including 186 rushing, in Bucs’ 31-16 win Nov. 14 vs. Carolina ... Finished season on Reserve/Injured list, due to injury sustained Dec. 5 vs. Atlanta ... Served as a team captain.2009
—Started Tampa Bay’s last 12 games after opening with four weeks on inactive status ... Aided 469-yard offensive output on Dec. 6 at Carolina ... Supported season-high 176 rushing yards in 20-17 OT win on Dec. 27 at New Orleans ... Selected as a team captain.2008
—Started every game for Tampa Bay, helping lead offense to 341.0 average in net yards, highest in franchise history ... Served as an offensive team captain.2007
—Started 14 games for New Orleans ... Centered line that led NFL in fewest sacks allowed (16) ... Selected as a team captain.2006
—Started all 16 games and both postseason games for Saints ... Contributed to NFL-leading net offense (391.5 yards per game) for club that went 10-6 and won Divisional playoff vs. Philadelphia before losing at Chicago in NFC Championship game. 2005
—Started Games 1-14 for Cleveland, missing last two games due to biceps injury suffered Dec. 18 at Oakland ... Placed Dec. 20 on Reserve/Injured list ... Aided 1232-yard rushing season by Reuben Droughns, first 1000-yard season by a Browns rusher since 1985.2004
—Started Games 1-13 for Cleveland ... Missed Games 14-16 due to ankle sprain suffered Dec. 12 at Buffalo ... Placed Dec. 14 on Reserve/Injured list ... In 34-17 win vs. Bengals on Oct. 17, aided 115-yard rushing game by William Green and 310-yard, four-TD passing performance by Jeff Garcia.2003
—Earned Cleveland’s starting center position in training camp and played in Games 1-9, but suffered season-ending ankle injury in Game 9, Nov. 23 vs. Pittsburgh ... In 33-13 win on Oct. 5, at Pittsburgh, aided 115-yard rushing game by William Green. COLLEGE:
Three-year starter at Notre Dame ... All-America first-team selection as senior by The Sporting News
and ESPN.com ... Also as senior, was finalist for Rimington Award (nation’s top center) and semifinalist for Lombardi Award (top offensive lineman) ... Also won school’s Nick Pietrosante Award, as player best exemplifying courage, loyalty, teamwork, dedication and pride.PERSONAL:
Hometown is Sanford, Fla. ... Attended Seminole High School, where he earned USA Today
All-America honors ... Earned degree from Notre Dame in communications ... Active in community service throughout his career, his activities have included Faine Family Foundation (benefitting Children’s Home Society of Florida) and Faine’s Family (ticket program in Tampa Bay area for disadvantaged kids) ... Also active in business activities, he in 2009 launched the Faine Group, a management company that oversees all his business and charitable ventures ... Last name rhymes with “rain.”