Sunday, October 20, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Cincinnati Bengals
By Coley Harvey
DETROIT -- Observed in the locker room after the Cincinnati Bengals' 27-24 win over the Detroit Lions:
Jokes on who? Like we wrote earlier this weekend, Bengals receiver A.J. Green and Lions wideout Calvin Johnson share a unique friendship. In front of his locker, Green was asked to share his thoughts on his colleague's impressive, high-leaping, 50-yard touchdown catch over triple coverage. "That was amazing, man," Green started to say. Someone nearby wasn't amused. Bengals safety Reggie Nelson, one of the three players who were beat by the 6-foot-5 receiver blurted out to reporters, "Oh, y'all trying to be funny?"
Not funny miss: For the record, Nelson was joking. His coach, Marvin Lewis, wasn't in a comedic mood during his postgame news conference when he called out officials who forced him to challenge a pivotal fourth-quarter incompletion. "That's one that shouldn't be missed," Lewis said. "That was an easy one for the seven guys on the field to see." Officials originally awarded the Lions' Joique Bell with a catch when he actually didn't possess it.
Hurt for Hall: Bengals cornerback Terence Newman said he and Nelson nearly cried on the sideline when they learned fellow corner Leon Hall suffered his second Achilles injury in three years. Lewis called the injury "significant."