Friday, November 8, 2013
Bengals practice without TE Gresham
By Coley Harvey
CINCINNATI -- For the second straight day, the Cincinnati Bengals practiced without tight end Jermaine Gresham. As the rest of the team went through its Friday walkthrough, he was sidelined once again with a bad groin.
But don't expect that to mean he'll miss any time this weekend when the Bengals travel to Baltimore to play the Ravens. According to coach Marvin Lewis, Gresham is "good."
"He should be fine," Lewis said. "We just had to put him at ease."
Added Lewis about Gresham's injury in common weather-related vernacular: "[He's] partly sunny."
Officially, Gresham is listed as questionable on the injury report released Friday.
He apparently suffered the injury in last Thursday's 22-20 overtime loss at Miami. After being given all of last weekend off, the Bengals didn't have their first full practice of this week until Wednesday. Although participating in a limited capacity, Gresham was out there with the rest of his teammates. It wasn't until Thursday that he ended up not practicing at all, joining a pair of others.
Defensive tackle Devon Still and linebacker Rey Maualuga missed another workout Friday as they continue to get through serious elbow and knee injuries, respectively. Still was hurt three games ago in Cincinnati's 27-24 win at Detroit. Maualuga left the next week suffering an MCL sprain and a concussion in the 49-9 win over the New York Jets. Both are trying to come back sooner, but it's likely they won't return until Dec. 1, when the Bengals come off a bye by playing at San Diego. Their only games before the bye are Sunday's and next week's home contest against the Browns.
If Gresham misses this weekend's game, it will be the first that he hasn't appeared in since 2011. He didn't play in two contests that year due to a hamstring injury.
While Lewis is confident they will have Gresham, if his offense has to play without the fourth-year standout, more opportunities likely would fall into rookie Tyler Eifert's lap. The Notre Dame product has 27 receptions for 301 yards and a touchdown this season. By comparison, Gresham has 33 receptions for 321 yards and a score in Cincinnati's offense that often features two-tight end sets. Without Gresham, the Bengals could move Orson Charles back into more traditional tight end sets, although he has mostly been featured as an H-back and fullback at times this season.
Here is the rest of the Bengals' injury report that includes running back Giovani Bernard's status as being questionable, following a rib injury he suffered at Miami last week:
DT Devon Still (elbow)
LB Rey Maualuga (knee)
OG Kevin Zeitler (hamstring -- full practice participation; was limited all week previously)
RB Giovani Bernard (ribs -- limited practice participation)
TE Jermaine Gresham (groin -- did not practice)
LB Michael Boley (hamstring -- did not practice; had been limited all week)