The news is not good for Cincinnati Bengals starting outside linebacker Thomas Howard.
There are a lot of players listed on the Cleveland Browns' injury report for their Week 2 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Only two players have been ruled out for Cleveland: LB James-Michael Johnson for the second week in a row as he deals with his rib and oblique issues, and S Ray Ventrone.
Ventrone injured his hand in last week's game, and he will definitely be missed on special teams. With Ventrone set to be inactive, odds are that S Usama Young will be active after practicing all week. The full injury report is after the jump, including some breaking news on a Bengals starting defender tearing his ACL.
Left tackle Joe Thomas was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but was listed as a full participant on Friday. On Thursday, Thomas shrugged off any concerns of him not playing:
"When you get to be an old man like me, you need to take a few reps off on Wednesday and Thursday," Thomas joked. "I'll be fine."
There is some breaking news on the injury front for the Bengals. During the Bengals' Thursday practice, starting outside linebacker Thomas Howard tore his ACL. Yikes. Howard was the team's leading tackler last year, and his absence could help Cleveland's offense get something going on Sunday. According to reports, rookie linebacker Vontaze Burfict (who was a semi-popular offseason player to talk about here at DBN), will get the start in place of Howard.
|LB James-Michael Johnson (ribs, oblique)||DNP||DNP||DNP||OUT|
|S Ray Ventrone (hand)
|TE Benjamin Watson (thigh)
|OT Oniel Cousins (ankle)
|OG John Greco (calf)||LP||LP||LP||QUESTIONABLE|
|RB Trent Richardson (knee)
|RB Chris Ogbonnaya (ankle)
|WR Josh Gordon (knee)||--||FP||FP||PROBABLE|
|WR Joshua Cribbs (knee)||--||FP||FP||PROBABLE|
|TE Jordan Cameron (groin)||FP||FP||FP||PROBABLE|
|OT Joe Thomas (knee)
|C Alex Mack (knee)
|LB Scott Fujita (knee)
|CB Sheldon Brown (neck)||FP||FP||FP||PROBABLE|
|LB Thomas Howard (knee)
|CB Dre Kirkpatrick (knee)
|TE Donald Lee (thigh)
|RB Bernard Scott (hand)
|DE Carlos Dunlap (knee)
|CB Jason Allen (thigh)
|S George Iloka (ankle)
|CB Adam Jones (illness)
DNP - Did Not Participate
LP - Limited Participation
FP - Full Participation