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Friday, January 4, 2013
Bengals' Crocker unlikely to get redemption

By Jamison Hensley

If there is one player on the Cincinnati Bengals who would like a shot at redemption, it would be strong safety Chris Crocker. But that's unlikely to happen.

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Crocker is listed as doubtful for Saturday's wild-card game after he injured his right quadricep in what was a meaningless regular-season finale for the Bengals last Sunday. He was limited in practice Wednesday but didn't practice Thursday or Friday. Nate Clements would likely replace Crocker in the starting lineup, but Taylor Mays is also a possibility.

This is a tough break for Crocker, who made key mistakes in last season's 31-10 playoff loss at Houston. He dropped a sure interception that could have been returned for a touchdown, which would have tied the score in the third quarter. Then he failed to push running back Arian Foster out of bounds on a 42-yard touchdown run, which was the game-clinching score in the fourth quarter.

Crocker was released by the Bengals in early April but he re-signed with the team in late September when injuries hit the Cincinnati secondary. Now, an injury will likely sideline Crocker on Saturday.