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Chad won't say if he's fined

Posted Nov 2, 2006

Updated: 4:10 p.m.


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As Chad Johnson munched on a Big Mac for lunch Thursday, he had no comment on a report he has been fined $5,000 by the NFL for wearing "Ocho Cinco" on his nameplate during warmups and that he's appealing it.

Agent Drew Rosenhaus also declined comment.

How big is Chad now? He's the object of satire in a story on the sports humor Web site sportspickle.com.

"T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Chris Henry. Sure, both of them are very good wide receivers," said Johnson in the fictional story. "Probably even better than me if we're basing things strictly on performance over the past year. But I am here to announce that I, Chad Johnson, ocho-cinco, am definitely better than Kelley Washington, our fourth receiver. Write that down, everyone. Write that down. Chad Johnson is good enough to be on the field in obvious passing downs."

SURPRISING CATCH: Henry thinks his 55-yard touchdown catch Sunday that brought the Bengals to within 29-27 with 3:41 left came courtesy of surprise.

"We didn't really go deep the whole game," Henry said. "I'm just thinking they weren't expecting it. Plus, I had the corner beat pretty much and the safety was playing down. It was too late for him to recover."

INJURY UPDATE: Strong-side linebacker Rashad Jeanty practiced for the second straight day Thursday for the first time since injuring his foot in Pittsburgh Sept. 24 and remained probable.

"I'm not rusty," Jeanty said before practice. "The less work on the field, the more work in the classroom."

Rookie cornerback Johnathan Joseph (ankle) was added to the injury report Thursday and didn't practice but he's probable. Defensive tackles Sam Adams (knee) and John Thornton (wrist) worked for the first time in team drills this week and remained probable, as did strong safety Kevin Kaesviharn (knee).

But linebacker Brian Simmons' recovery from a neck stinger remains slow. He again didn't practice Thursday and is still questionable.

For the Ravens, tight end Todd Heap (thigh) was added Thursday and remained questionable, as was punt returner B.J. Sams (shoulder/thigh). Neither practiced in 11-on-11.

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