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Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Morning Stripes: No rest for weary Bengals

By Coley Harvey

One day after his Cincinnati Bengals demolished the New York Jets 49-9, defensive end Wallace Gilberry sat on the stool in front of his locker and looked the two reporters standing in front of him squarely in their eyes as he opened up with a little truth about himself.

"Right now, I am banged-up," he admitted, "so I would love to have an extra three days to get my body ready."

But the fact of the matter is, he doesn't have that time. Neither do any of the rest of the bruised Bengals who are now two days away from their Thursday night showdown at Miami. Just two days ago, they were in the middle of yet another physical contest that resulted in four players being escorted out with injuries; two of which appear to be serious enough that those players will miss this next game.

For everyone else, that just means "it comes down to you have to do your job," Gilberry added. "As far as a hurt factor going into a short week, it doesn't matter. That's what we do, we love playing football."

Gilberry was limited in what he could do with respect to his job Monday afternoon. He didn't fully participate in the walkthrough as he gets over a groin injury. Similarly, five others were completely held out of the practice with their own injuries, including linebacker Rey Maualuga and defensive back Taylor Mays. Maualuga suffered a concussion and knee injury that ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported would keep him out three to four weeks. Mays was listed as out on Monday's injury report with a right shoulder injury he picked up just before halftime Sunday.

With these injuries now a part of the Bengals' identity this short week whether they want them or not, the questions bear asking again: the NFL really wants to add regular-season games? The league actually wants more Thursday games?

We pick up those questions in the first link of this Tuesday, Oct. 29 edition of the Morning Stripes: