Chad's goal: Lead to playoffs

Updated: 4:35 p.m.

At his Wednesday news conference Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said all his players but cornerback David Jones (foot) are available for Sunday's 1 p.m. opener at Paul Brown Stadium against the Broncos. Backup offensive lineman Scott Kooistra is apparently OK after not practicing Monday. Kooistra (knee) and safety Roy Williams (thigh) were listed as limited and Palmer was listed as full participation. 

In his own news conference, quarterback Carson Palmer pronounced himself 100 percent after missing the last three preseason games with a sprained ankle.

"We practiced Monday, (I) did everything, felt great and felt great yesterday after that and that was a good test," Palmer said before the 1 p.m. practice. "So I'm full go all week."

Wednesday also marked the return of wide receiver Chad Ochocinco's weekly entertainment show with the media that has largely been missing since early in the 2007 season.

"I'm back; and it's scary," said The Ocho, who hinted that he has found a loophole in the NFL Game Day Twitter policy and it sounded like he'll exploit it Sunday.

He wouldn't be specific, but he did say last week that he'd be able to signal his 150,000 followers after he made a big play to all tweet at the same time.

Asked about his goals for 2009, The Ocho gave a very onOcho answer. Not 1,800 yards. Not 90 catches.

"No, my goal is to lead us to the playoffs. Lead us to the playoffs," he said. "I''ve done everything else. Ive done all I can. I've done it all. I really want to get us to the playoffs and not just the beginning, take us deep into it. I know with our offense we need to get back to where we've been in that heyday. We were very consistent, throwing all over the place, running all over the place. I'm very excited, especially with the running game we have now. It's going to be scary."

From Denver head coach Josh McDaniels' conference call with the Cincinnati media, he said wide receiver Brandon Marshall has had two good days of practice and is looking forward to another one today. As for rookie running back Knowshon Moreno, McDaniels said he's getting better but wouldn't say he's ready to go yet. He says quarterback Kyle Orton has looked fine throwing with his banged-up index finger and getting the bulk of the snaps, but isn't ready to make a call there, either. McDaniels says backup Chris Simms (ankle) is also getting snaps as the Broncos make sure they don't "overdo either and make sure both are ready to go."

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.

Related Content

Advertising