Friday, October 25, 2013
Bengals end week with Jones, Gilberry back
By Coley Harvey
CINCINNATI -- Dare we say it again?
The Cincinnati Bengals have ended a third straight week of practices as healthy as they could be. Aside from, of course, Leon Hall's season-ending injury that occurred at Detroit last weekend and Devon Still's somewhat serious elbow injury, the rest of the Bengals' roster will be intact once again this Sunday when they host the New York Jets.
As battered and beat up as the Bengals appeared after their physical win against the Lions, they enter Week 8 with Hall and Still as the only casualties. Both had already been ruled out for the game when the week's first injury report was released Wednesday afternoon. Rey Maualuga, Terence Newman, Marvin Jones and Wallace Gilberry, others who took shots last Sunday and either missed part of the game or part of practices this week, were back Friday.
According to the Bengals' injury report, Newman and Gilberry practiced in full capacity, and Jones and Maualuga were in limited capacity. Gilberry and Jones missed Thursday's session completely.
Maualuga and Newman were listed as Probable for the weekend, while Jones and Gilberry were listed as Questionable.
Coach Marvin Lewis learned from speaking about the relative health of his team last Friday. This week, he simply smiled and said, "We're doing what we got to do."
One of the things the Bengals have been trying to do all week is determine whether they'll be able to make a roster move to account for Hall's -- and at least for this week, Still's -- absence from the roster. They haven't yet been able to pull the trigger on bringing in players from the outside, and have decided to go through the weekend with who they have.
"I don't foresee us making any moves," Lewis said. "We're in pretty good shape with the other guys. We're backed up with some depth."
Some of Cincinnati's greatest depth is at Hall's position and Still's, cornerback and defensive tackle. After the Bengals get through this game, they will determine whether to make a move ahead of next Thursday's game at Miami.
"We got a short week coming up, so we'll have to see what we need as we go through these next five, six days," Lewis said.
When the Bengals do make a move, they likely will send Hall to the injured reserve. He currently remains on the 53-man roster until that move occurs.
Here's the full injury report for the Bengals entering Sunday's showdown with the Jets:
CB Leon Hall (Achilles)
DT Devon Still (elbow)
RB Rex Burkhead (calf)
DE Wallace Gilberry (knee)
WR Marvin Jones (shoulder)
LB Rey Maualuga (hamstring)
CB Terence Newman (ankle)