Quick Hits: Joe a go; Tez, Dre, Glenn out; Where was the fun in '91? Boyd: 'We can be like Chiefs'

Running back Joe Mixon wasn't born the last time the Bengals played in L.A.
Running back Joe Mixon wasn't born the last time the Bengals played in L.A.

Ending a week that saw their best player go on injured reserve in wide receiver A.J. Green, the Bengals ruled three more starters out of Sunday's game in Los Angeles (4:05 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 12) against the Chargers when middle linebacker Vontaze Burfict (concussion), cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (ankle) and left tackle Cordy Glenn (back) didn't make it on the practice field. Neither did back-up cornerback Tony McRae (concussion), tied for second on the team with six tackles in the kicking game.

Back-up wide receiver Josh Malone, who has missed the last four games with a hamstring issue, is questionable. It's the third game Burfict has missed because of injury, the third straight for Glenn and second time in three games for Kirkpatrick.

Head coach Marvin Lewis indicated running back Joe Mixon (foot) is ready to play after being limited Wednesday and Thursday.

The 22-year-old Mixon is one of 37 Bengals not born the last time the Bengals played in Los Angeles in that famous Jan, 13, 1991 AFC divisional play-off game the Bengals lost, 20-10, on a day that proved to be Raiders running back Bo Jackson's last in the NFL when he injured his hip.

Where was the fun in '91?

_Bengals founder Paul Brown didn't make the West Coast trip, but was keeping tabs on his Bengals eight months before his death. A few weeks before he had been at a Riverfront Stadium practice espousing his "fire-and-fall-back" offensive philosophy.

_Bengals president Mike Brown, then assistant general manager, headed up a traveling party for that trip. Brown, daughter Katie Blackburn, son Paul Brown, radio analyst Dave Lapham and trainer Paul Sparling are believed to be the only people on both trips.

_Lewis was the linebackers coach in his hometown at the University of Pittsburgh.

_Long snapper Clark Harris, the Bengals' oldest player at 34, was six years old.

_On that same day Giants defensive coordinator Bill Belichick hatched a 31-3 mastery of the Bears in an NFC divisional game in East Rutherford on the way to New York winning it all two weeks later in the Super Bowl (after Whitney Houston serenaded the nation with the Star-Spangled Banner). Days later he would be named the head coach of Paul Brown's first team in Cleveland.

_The Browns were still in Cleveland, the Oilers were still in Houston, the Cardinals were still in Arizona (but they were called the Phoenix Cardinals) and the Seahawks were still in the AFC. And, like Mixon, the Panthers, Jags, Texans and Ravens had yet to be born.

_Three days after the game, President George H. W. Bush, who died last week, ordered the bombing that started the Gulf War.

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NOW BACK TO THE FUTURE: Wide receiver Tyler Boyd, 62 yards from his first 1,000-yard season in his third year, is quite happy with the prospect of being teamed with A.J. Green for the next five years or so. With Green shelved for the season after basically missing half the games with an injured toe, Boyd has had a chance to showcase his Pittsburgh toughness, innate ability to separate from coverage and cash the huge third-down catch.

If Green hadn't been hurt, they would have been looking at just the third season in franchise history of two 1,000-yard receivers and that's why Boyd would love to stick around. He thinks they can make that an annual thing. Boyd isn't in to the No. 1 receiver thing. All he knows is that he and Green make a tough 1-2 punch.

"A.J. and I are different players. I work the slot a lot and accumulate a lot of yards in the slot," Boyd said Friday before getting on the plane for Los Angeles and Sunday's game (4:05 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 12) against the Chargers.

Boyd is eligible for an extension after this season and he's not interested in heading to the market after next season. He likes it here and how he fits into the personnel.

"It's finding the right guys in the right system," Boyd said. "It's hard to have two No. 1s on the same team. For me, I'm so good in the slot, I can maneuver all around the field and I can help create a lot of mismatches and there'd be no controversy. 'Should Tyler be in front of A.J.' It won't come down to that discussion. That's why I'm the best fit to be able to get paid and stay here."

Boyd did thinks the Bengals have elite talent:

"If we keep everybody healthy, stay together through the ups and downs, keep the train going straight ahead with no stops, we can be unbelievable. We can be like the Chiefs in this league."