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Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Morning Stripes: Bengals assess CB depth

By Coley Harvey

As you can tell by scrolling through the Bengals blog, Monday was a rather busy day at One Paul Brown Stadium. As off days go, Tuesday figures to be pretty busy, too.

When one of the league's best cornerbacks goes down with a season-ending injury, the workload increases for those behind the Cincinnati Bengals' scene. Just days after the organization was able to boast being at its healthiest point of the year, Leon Hall's Achilles tear Sunday sent the team's power players scrambling trying to figure out how they would replace his spot on the roster. There are several solutions, all of which assuredly have been weighed.

Among them: Stick with what you've got, move a player up from the practice squad and remain committed to the men already in your locker room. That was the message coach Marvin Lewis appeared to convey during his news conference Monday. It was one echoed by cornerback Adam Jones and defensive backs coach Mark Carrier, who both felt comfortable with who the Bengals had in place as they moved forward with life without Hall.

Still, regardless of what anyone affiliated with the team may say, the rumors persist and the speculation continues. Some are curious to see if the Bengals make a move that includes bringing in either experienced free agents who have been home for much of the season, or recently waived defenders from other teams. The Bengals contend their defense is too tough for a fresh-off-the-street player to learn.

For that reason, the Bengals beat crew spent much of Monday evaluating the depth the team has at cornerback.

We take a look at those assessments in Tuesday's Morning Stripes: