Updated: 10:35 p.m.
Offensive line coach Paul Alexander came off the practice field Thursday choosing not to discuss the status of rookie right tackle
“Tough. For seven years he played his guts out,” Alexander said. “You lose versatility. He played four spots (both tackles and guards), he’s very reliable and a hard-try guy.”
Alexander wouldn’t rule out Kooistra coming back when the numbers are kinder, but the only time he was active were the two games left guard
“We’ve got young guys and a young guy typically learns one spot,” Alexander said. “The only guy who (played more than one) as a rookie was (left tackle Andrew) Whitworth. There’s no solution.”
The closest guy to Kooistra is starting left guard
So if you’re trying to project head coach Marvin Lewis’ inactive sheet for Sunday in order to see if Smith is going to be dressed, good luck. With Smith just being cleared for contact on Wednesday, Thursday marked what amounted to just his fifth practice of the season. If he’s active, the Bengals have to make sure he’s practiced enough to play as much as the entire game if someone gets hurt.
The scribes that cover the Bengals spent a good part of the afternoon trying to come up with the seven inactive guys that would join third quarterback
The problem is even though Mathis, Whitworth and right guard
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The Ocho later confirmed it on a Baltimore radio station, "The Fan," where he gave away 20 tickets to Ravens fans "so they can watch their team lose."
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“You give up two big runs to somebody just because you didn’t keep your leverage ... do you give credit to him?" Lewis asked. "Hey, we’ll see this week. That’s where the credit is ... because anybody can find something once, you know? You have to come do it again.”
And for the umpteenth time Lewis ripped his $25,000 fine for hitting The Ocho in midair on the last drive, a flag that contributed heavily to the Ravens loss.
“When you’re going as hard as you do in this game, you know the risk that you go through ... everybody gets hurt. I don’t believe there’s one man out there on the football field that’s looking to hurt somebody," Lewis said. "My job as a linebacker is to buckle up my chin strap and if anybody comes in the middle of the field, to make them feel it while the play is going on. I didn’t hit him after the whistle; I hit him during a play. That’s football. And if I had to do it again, I’d do it a million times the same way.”