Thursday, November 17, 2011
Ray Lewis, A.J. Green still not practicing
By Jamison Hensley
Two key players in Sunday's Bengals-Ravens game missed a second straight day of practice Thursday: Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis and Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green.
Lewis (foot injury) was not practicing during the media viewing portion of practice, according to The Baltimore Sun. The Ravens haven't ruled out their leading tackler, and Lewis has missed practices in the past and played that Sunday. It would be a surprise if Lewis doesn't play. He hasn't been sidelined since 2007, playing in 57 straight games.
Green didn't practice for a second straight day due to a hyperextended right knee, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer. The paper reported that Green was in a gray hoodie for the first 20 minutes of practice before heading inside with one of the trainers.
Green said Wednesday that he is a game-time decision for Sunday's pivotal AFC North game at Baltimore. He leads the Bengals in catches (41), receiving yards (635) and receiving touchdowns (six). If Green can't play, Andre Caldwell would make his second start of the season.
A look at what's happening elsewhere in the division:
BROWNS: There is a chance that running back Montario Hardesty will return in Sunday's game, coach Pat Shurmur said, via The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Hardesty, who has missed the past two games because of a calf injury, will run again today. There is a possibility that running back Peyton Hillis (hamstring) could return to practice next week.
RAVENS: David Reed will not be returning kickoffs after fumbling three times in the past two games, special-teams coach Jerry Rosburg told Baltimore reporters today. Rosburg didn't name his replacement. "We're going to have a good kickoff return practice and we're going to find out who our kickoff returner is going to be for Sunday," Rosburg said. My guess is it would be Torrey Smith, especially if Lee Evans is returning. Other candidates includes: Chris Carr and LaQuan Williams.
STEELERS: For those wondering how little wide receiver Hines Ward was used on Sunday, ESPN Stats & Information said Ward played in nine of the Steelers' 70 offensive snaps. That's 12.9 percent. Comparatively, wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery was on the field for 37 of those 70 plays, which is 52.9 percent.