Quick hits: Scott, Dunlap go full; Lewis defends Coughlin

Posted Sep 19, 2012

Bernard Scott

Two Bengals sidelined since early August are poised to return to the lineup Sunday in Washington (1 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 12) as running back Bernard Scott and left end Carlos Dunlap prepared to go full Wednesday in the first full-scale practice of the week.

At his Wednesday news conference head coach Marvin Lewis said only cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (knee) has been ruled out for the game against the Redskins. And the injury report had Scott, Dunlap and cornerback Jason Allen (thigh) in full practice.

Limited were left end Robert Geathers (groin), cornerback Leon Hall (calf), tight end Donald Lee (thigh), right guard Kevin Zeitler (hip), and safety Jeromy Miles (hip).

Scott, who broke his right hand Aug. 2, said before practice he could have gone last Sunday and feels confident he'll show the coaches he's sharp enough picking up blitzes and catching the ball. Scott, a lefty who primarily carries the ball with his left hand, said he grew used to having a pad on his right hand last week and doesn't expect it to be a problem.

Dunlap hasn't gone full tilt in a practice since he injured his knee in the Aug. 10 preseason opener, but he indicated before going out on the field Wednesday that he would suit up in full pads with everyone else.

"They're going to watch me and see how I do," Dunlap said.


» Cornerback Adam Jones, just after learning he had won the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week Award for popping last Sunday's 81-yard punt return for a touchdown, said when he had a chance to look at the video what stood out was the blocking.

"It was excellent," Jones said. "Not one of those guys quit on the play."

Jones has five career punt returns for TDs with his last one coming Dec. 31, 2006 against New England when he was a member of the Titans. His 30-yard average ranks second in the NFL behind Buffalo’s Leodis McKelvin (31.3).

The last Bengal to win a Player of the Week award was wider receiver Brandon Tate, who won the same award last season when he returned a punt 56 yards for a touchdown in Seattle.

» The newest Bengal, defensive end Wallace Gilberry, hasn't been told if he'll play Sunday. Citing that Gilberry played the entire preseason for Tampa Bay and practiced with the Bucs for the first week of the regular season before getting cut, Lewis said he was the best of the available ends and it helps he can also play tackle.

The 6-2 Gilberry, a five-year undrafted veteran out of Alabama, says he's dropped from 285 pounds to a number he wouldn't divulge and said he feels healthy enough to "do it again," which is have a seven-sack season like he did for Kansas City in 2010.

» Lewis defended Giants coach Tom Coughlin's stance that the Victory Formation is a legitimate play and that the defense shouldn't do anything that could hurt the quarterback or center, or anyone else once the ball is snapped "on a meaningless play."

"That's one of our favorite plays; we run it every week in practice," said Lewis, who said he'll keep running the quarterback taking a knee on the last play of a win. "I hope we run it 14 more times this year."


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