Sunday, November 17, 2013
Chris Crocker among Bengals' inactives
By Coley Harvey
CINCINNATI -- After he was kept out of practice all week dealing with hamstring issues, there was little doubt that Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Chris Crocker would play in Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns.
The Bengals have officially ruled him out for the game, placing the veteran defensive back on their seven-man list of inactives.
This is the first game Crocker has missed since coming out of pseudo-retirement and signing with the Bengals ahead of their Week 4 contest at Cleveland. He has 24 total tackles and an interception return for a touchdown in the seven games he has played with Cincinnati.
In addition to Crocker's absence, the Bengals will be without offensive guard Kevin Zeitler. Zeitler dealt with an ankle injury all week, sporting a protective boot and crutches.
With Crocker out, the Bengals are expected to move second-year cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick into the slot corner position. Zeitler will be replaced by Mike Pollak, who is making his first start since 2011. Middle linebacker Rey Maualuga (doubtful/knee) will miss his third straight game, and be replaced once again by Vincent Rey. In two starts in place of Maualuga, Rey has 18 tackles, three sacks and an interception.
Along with Crocker and Zeitler missing Sunday's game, former Bengals offensive lineman Reid Fragel also will be inactive for the Browns.
Here are the full inactives for both teams:
Browns inactives: TE MarQueis Gray, LB Brandon Magee, OL Patrick Lewis, OL Martin Wallace, OL Garrett Gilkey, DL Ishmaa'ily Kitchen, OL Reid Fragel
Bengals inactives: CB Chris Crocker, RB Rex Burkhead, WR Ryan Whalen, LB Rey Maualuga, DT Devon Still, OG Kevin Zeitler, OL Tanner Hawkinson