Friday, October 18, 2013
With Newman back, Bengals are injury-free
By Coley Harvey
CINCINNATI -- For the second straight weekend, the Cincinnati Bengals will be leaving town Saturday for a road game with an injury-free roster.
Sure, there are players among them who have minor bumps and bruises. We are, after all, heading to the midpoint of the season. No player actually is at 100 percent health right now, but the Bengals have enough players who are close enough to full health that they can go to Detroit with more options than they have had at earlier stages of the season.
"It's good to have everybody out working," coach Marvin Lewis said. "You hope to have that. It just shows what a physical game the NFL is; how infrequently you're in this situation."
The Bengals only had one real health concern this week, and it had to do with veteran cornerback Terence Newman. An abdominal issue forced the starter to sit the first two practice days of the week, Wednesday and Thursday, before suiting up and working out Friday. He worked out in full capacity and is listed as probable, according to the Bengals' injury report.
With Newman expected to play, the Bengals will have a full secondary for a second straight week. At Buffalo last Sunday, the Bengals cycled through their full group of safeties and cornerbacks for the first time since the Week 2 win against Pittsburgh. In the games between those, different defensive backs missed time with varying injuries.
Lewis credited his players, as well as strength and conditioning coach Chip Morton, with keeping their bodies healthy, despite the physical abuse they take each and every week.
"Certainly to Chip and the training staff and everything they do, we really harp on our guys about taking care of their bodies," Lewis said. "Their bodies are their way of life."
Before the season began, the Bengals placed Zac Robinson and Chris Pressley on the physically unable to perform list, and Emmanuel Lamur and Andrew Hawkins were placed on the injured reserve list. Per the NFL's rules on PUP and IR players, Robinson, Pressley and Hawkins, if healthy, have been able to return to practices starting this week. Lamur's injury was a season-ending one, as was defensive end Robert Geathers'. The injury to Geathers is the only season-ending one the Bengals have had that occurred during the season.
Here's the Bengals' complete Friday injury report ahead of Sunday's game at Ford Field: