Friday, September 28, 2012
Bengals down to two healthy cornerbacks
By Jamison Hensley
The Bengals are down to two healthy cornerbacks heading into Sunday's game at the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Nate Clements (calf), Leon Hall (hamstring), Jason Allen (thigh) and Dre Kirkpatrick (knee) have not practiced all week. Hall, who is listed as questionable, is the one who has the best chance of playing. Kirkpatrick is out again, and Clements and Allen are doubtful.
Asked how not practicing affects his availability Sunday, Hall told the Cincinnati Enquirer, “We’ll see. Not necessarily. I think we’re still going to take it day by day and probably do the same thing that I did last week.”
If all the injured cornerbacks are inactive, the Bengals will have two corners: Terence Newman and Adam Jones. Chris Crocker, the team's starting strong safety last season, was re-signed Thursday and could play nickel back for the Bengals.
The Bengals are fortunate that they're playing the Jaguars on Sunday. Jacksonville is the 31st-ranked passing team in the NFL, averaging 147 yards passing per game.