Updated: 5 p.m.
Bengals cornerback Leon Hall practiced Wednesday in limited fashion after missing the last two games with a hamstring he injured blocking on cornerback
He was limited Friday and said he didn't do much. On Wednesday he was out there for the early drills. Right end
» Two weeks after going against a guy from his high school in Cleveland's Barkevious Mingo, on Sunday in Buffalo (1 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 12) Bengals left tackle
"He plays the game the way every coach would want it to be played, and he’s a talented guy," Whitworth said. "It will be good to see him and hopefully get a chance to beat him because I’ve taken enough losses and wins with him throughout the years. I can’t ever get him on the golf course. I have to find other things to beat him at."
» Boomer Esiason, the last Bengals quarterback to win in Buffalo, is joining another former Bengal in the TV booth Sunday when he steps out of the CBS studio for a week and teams with analyst Solomon Wilcots and play-by-play man Kevin Harlan.
Studio mates Bill Cowher (Pittsburgh-Jets) and Shannon Sharpe (Denver-Jacksonville) are also headed out to check on their old clubs. Since Esiason engineered a 23-17 win on Nov. 3, 1985 (he outdueled Vince Ferragamo as Larry Kinnebrew rushed for 128 yards), the Bengals have lost six straight in Buffalo with the last one coming six years ago.
» With the departure of practice squad running back Daniel Herron to the 53-man roster of the Colts looking to replace the injured Ahmad Bradshaw, the Bengals may not look to sign another back to the PS with four already on the active roster.
» A day after he was acquitted of an assault charge, cornerback
» Center Eric Wood, a key cog in Buffalo's No. 1 AFC running game, is a familiar Cincinnati face as a member of Elder High School's state title team in 2004. If he's a Bills fan first and member of the AFC East second, then he's a Bengals fan.
"A lot of times, especially this time of year, I'm rooting against them because they're in the AFC and it could come down a Wild Card. But there are a lot of guys on the Bengals I truly respect and I root for them individually. I like to see them succeed and if it's in the playoffs and we're out of it and they're in it, I think it's great for the town when the local teams do well. It's great for the economy and it's great for the spirit of the people of Cincinnati."
Wood has met Whitworth and center
"I've got a ton of respect for Coach Lewis," Wood said. "A couple of their offensive linemen, Kyle and Whitworth, I met. I've got a lot of respect for them. I think
» Former Bengals quarterback Jack Thompson is one of the seven members of the inaugural Polynesian Football Hall of Fame announced Wednesday in Honolulu.
The Bengals took "The Throwin' Samoan" with the third pick in the 1979 draft and Thompson is still the earliest drafted Polynesian player. Groomed to replace Ken Anderson, Thompson watched Anderson be named the 1981 NFL MVP for leading the Bengals to their first Super Bowl. Thompson was traded to Tampa Bay in 1983 and played his sixth and final NFL season for the Bucs the next year.
Thompson, 57, born in American Samoa, came out of Washington State as the most prolific passer in NCAA history with 7,818 yards, led the NCAA in nine different categories as a sophomore, and had his No. 14 retired by the school.
Also in the inaugural class are Kurt Gouveia (Hawaiian ancestry), Olin Kreutz (Hawaiian ancestry), Kevin James Mawae (Hawaiian ancestry), Tiaina Baul “Junior” Seau, Jr. (Samoan ancestry), and Herman John Wedemeyer (Hawaiian ancestry). Ken Niumatalolo (Samoan ancestry) is a coach inductee.
The class is honored Jan. 23, 2014, the week of the Pro Bowl, at the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame’s Inaugural Enshrinement Ceremony at the Hawai’i Convention Center in Honolulu.
The Selection Committee consisted of former college head football coaches Dick Tomey (Chairman),LaVell Edwards, and Ron McBride, ESPN Sportscaster Neil Everett, NFL player personnel expert Gil Brandt and Honolulu TV Sportscaster Robert Kekaula.