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Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Morning Stripes: Bengals still need options

By Coley Harvey

Good Wednesday morning, folks. I know many of you will be taking off and hitting the road later in the day, but hopefully you'll spend all your non-driving time with yours truly and the rest of the NFL Nation team.

We'll have a number of items on here later in the day as the Cincinnati Bengals go through their second-to-last open practice of the week. This also will be the first day the Bengals will provide an injury report ahead of Sunday's game at San Diego. For now, that injury report looks to be a fairly clean one. Only guard Kevin Zeitler's status is concerning after he missed Monday's walkthrough while still recovering from a foot injury suffered two games ago. Last week, coach Marvin Lewis was optimistic he'd have everyone on his 53-man roster back to full go before this weekend's game.

After Wednesday's practice, the Bengals will have a modified workout Thursday behind closed doors. Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, the session is closed to media. On Friday, they'll work out in the morning before loading buses for Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and flying off to the West Coast.

It's a busy week for the Bengals. It's one they are hoping will be a turning point of sorts by the end of the season. As they come off their bye, the Bengals are looking to kick off a string of five straight victories to close out the season and bolster their status among the higher AFC playoff seeds. In order to do that, they have to get better production offensively. Better offensive production will come when the Bengals get back to using their many playmaking options. At least, that's what they believe.

As we get into this travel Wednesday edition of the Morning Stripes, we take a look at some of the options the Bengals still will need down the stretch: