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Monday, November 9, 2009
Henry's absence will 'hurt' Bengals


Posted by ESPN.com’s James Walker

CINCINNATI -- There was a celebratory mood inside the Bengals’ locker room Sunday evening with the exception of one player: Chris Henry.
 
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 Chris Henry suffered a broken forearm in Sunday’s win over the Ravens.


Cincinnati's receiver tried to put a good face on the situation. The Bengals (6-2) picked up a huge win to sweep the division rival Baltimore Ravens (4-4). But inside, Henry was dealing with the harsh reality of a broken forearm that will end his 2009 season. He was placed on injured reserve on Monday.

"I’ve been trying to ask people what happened," Henry said solemnly. "I just know when I tried to get up my arm was broken."

Henry cut across the middle to make a reception when Ravens cornerback Fabian Washington tackled him. Henry then landed awkwardly on his arm and needed to be carted off the field.

Cincinnati has good depth at the receiver position.

Henry usually was the fourth option behind Chad Ochocinco, Laveranues Coles and Andre Caldwell. But Henry also was the team’s best deep threat. Other players such as Quan Cosby or former second-round draft pick Jerome Simpson will have to step up.

"It’s going to hurt," quarterback Carson Palmer said of Henry's absence. "He’s a big-play guy, a guy we depend on third down and expect to come through in a number of situations."