Updated: 6 p.m.
Quick hits to start off the practice week. (Don’t forget to wrap.)
A day after putting third cornerback
Secondary coach Kevin Coyle declared after practice Wednesday that "the cupboard isn't bare," but admited he's got several plans on the books dependng on how the injured players progress. Safety
The Bengals will see how the week develops before they opt to fill Adam Jones' spot. Head coach Marvin Lewis indicated they would do it via the practice squad, where first-year safety
"In an emergency, veterns like Chris are valuable because of their experiene playing nickel and corner," Coyle said. "Sometimes you hope it doesn't come to that, but we've had guys do it."
Coyle says the two practice squaders have "shown a lot of improvement," and while Reggie Nelson has impressed in practice, "he needs to get more consistent and more comfortable in our scheme."
"We'll be OK," Coyle said. "We'll figure out how to put them in the best situation we can."
» Also limited Wednesday was tackle
» Defensive end
Williams (knee) has been saddled for three weeks and doesn't look close, while Ndukwe is nursing a knee injury according to the injury report.
Lewis said in his Wednesday news conference that Jones should recover from his surgery for the herniated neck disc that ended his season Sunday. He indicated that his roster spot could be filled by the end of the week from the practice squad, but the club first has to review the injury situation.
» Andrew Brown of the Bengals ticket office said Wednesday that the response has been good enough that there is a possibility the Bengals are going to get a one-day extension from the NFL to sell out Sunday's 1 p.m. game against Miami as they attempt to extend their sellout streak to 56.
» A matchup of great Texas running backs looms Sunday when the Bengals’
Benson doesn’t know if it’s because they had similar hair styles or similar running styles, but he says NFL teams wanted to know if he had the same outlook and flaws that Williams had off-the-field.
“It was really ridiculous,” Benson said. “But I guess that’s just the way the world is, huh? Whatever it may be, it was quite childish the questions in reference to what he was doing.”
Benson said the same questions also followed him in team interviews after he got released by the Bears before the 2008 season and before he landed in Cincinnati. But Benson says Williams was a big reason he went to Texas. He couldn’t take his eyes off him as he grew up in Midland, Texas, following the Longhorns.
“I looked up to him. He was an idol of mine in high school. He still is,” Benson said. “He played a large role in me going to Texas. The things I saw him doing I saw myself doing some of the same things. It was big-time stuff watching Texas when I was in high school.”
They aren’t close friends and Benson thinks the last time they talked was over the phone a year or two ago, but he’s extremely excited about Sunday because of the matchup.
“He didn’t know he was doing it,” said Benson of Williams recruiting him to Texas. “He didn’t have to (talk to him). He did it all on the field. Seeing that style of football. Between the tackles, power, speed. Able to make moves in open space. Run through arm tackles.”
» Lewis is raving about how wide receiver
“He’s played as well as we can expect. He keeps getting better at minimizing the mistakes we had earlier in the year,” Lewis said. “It speaks to his professionalism, which has been good. Obviously his physical abilities are outstanding and he’s a good leader. At halftime the way we were down, there was no doubt in his mind that we could come back and win the game. He’s one of those guys that says, ‘Get on my back. Let me do it.’ We need more of those guys to step up that way.”
» For the second straight Tuesday, Lewis spent a chunk of his afternoon with wide receiver
» For coaches, the no-huddle offense is right there with religion and politics when it comes to topics they like to avoid publicly. That's because of strategy, so when offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski was asked after Wednesday's practice if if the effectiveness of it is going to trump whether it fits the foe or not, he said "we access it every week. It's something you just don't discuss much publicly. As coaches and as an offensive unit, it's something we talk about and deal with."
» Hall says Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall is the best in the NFL at yards after catch.
» If you hang around long enough, you see just about everything.
On Sunday, a guy who just scored his 150th career touchdown, Owens, made the final block on a guy’s first NFL touchdown.
And after thanking him right after the play, rookie wide receiver
“He said something like, ‘No problem,’ ’’ Shipley said. “It was a great play on his part. I just followed him in.
Shipley’s plan for that first ball?
“Probably just send it to my parents," he said.