The Bengals were a bit banged up the last time these two teams met. This time, they don't even have anybody who is ruled out for Sunday's game against the Browns. You could say that this is the healthiest the Bengals have been all season, even though they did lose RB Bernard Scott to a knee injury last week.
The Browns have four players ruled out this week: WR Mohamed Massaquoi, WR Jordan Norwood, CB Dimitri Patterson, and S Tashaun Gipson. Norwood was actually played on the removable injured reserve list, and the team promoted WR Josh Cooper from the practice squad to take his place.
Although he is listed as doubtful, it was a bit of a surprise to see WR Travis Benjamin return to practice on Friday, albeit in a limited fashion. Odds are that he'll miss the game, but maybe they'll activate him in the event of an emergency.
The other two head scratchers are DT Ahtyba Rubin and LB Scott Fujita. Although he hasn't practiced all week after suffering a calf injury late in the game against the Giants last week, Rubin is listed as questionable, rather than out or doubtful. Maybe the staff is just resting him and will let him try to give it a go Sunday morning. Fujita, on the other hand, has quietly missed the past two practices. There is a chance that James-Michael Johnson could make his defensive debut this weekend in place of Fujita.
LB D'Qwell Jackson will play this Sunday at middle linebacker, and TE Alex Smith is expected to play and be active for the first time since Week 2, when he first suffered a concussion.
|WR Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring)||DNP||DNP||DNP||OUT|
|WR Jordan Norwood (foot)
|CB Dimitri Patterson (ankle)
|S Tashaun Gipson (knee)||DNP||DNP||DNP||OUT|
|WR Travis Benjamin (hamstring)
|DT Ahtyba Rubin (calf)
|LB Scott Fujita (shoulder, neck)||LP||DNP||DNP||QUESTIONABLE|
|S T.J. Ward (hand)||LP||LP||LP||QUESTIONABLE|
|TE Alex Smith (head)||LP||FP||FP||PROBABLE|
|DE Frostee Rucker (shoulder)
|LB D'Qwell Jackson (head)
|DE Wallace Gilberry (calf)||--||--||LP||QUESTIONABLE|
|LB Dontay Moch (illness)||--||DNP||FP||QUESTIONABLE|
|CB Jason Allen (quadriceps)||LP||LP||FP||QUESTIONABLE|
|CB Dre Kirkpatrick (knee)||LP||FP||FP||QUESTIONABLE|
|WR A.J. Green (knee)||LP||FP||FP||PROBABLE|
|OT Andrew Whitworth (knee)||LP||LP||FP||PROBABLE|
|CB Adam Jones (back)||--||LP||FP||PROBABLE|
|CB Terence Newman (groin)||DNP||LP||FP||PROBABLE|
DNP - Did Not Participate
LP - Limited Participation
FP - Full Participation