Notes: Henry to play; Chatman on IR

Updated: 4:15 p.m.



For the second straight Friday the Bengals put a wide receiver on season-ending injured reserve when Antonio Chatman was lost for the year with surgery for a sports hernia and activated Chris Henry to take his place on the 53-man roster.

Head coach Marvin Lewis said Henry is going to play Sunday against the Falcons with Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh his only other healthy veterans. Chatman and Tab Perry (hip) are out for the year and Kelley Washington (hamstring) is out for the second straight game.

Lewis said rookie defensive back Ethan Kilmer, a wide receiver at Penn State, has been taking snaps at wideout for the past two weeks.

But there are no indications the Bengals are going to sign Peter Warrick before a game in which he couldn't have played even if he'd joined the club Wednesday. Reached after the Bengals practiced Friday, Drew Rosenhaus, Warrick's agent, said the club told him Thursday night they are holding off at the moment.

"They said they're going a week at a time with Peter," Rosenhaus said. "Peter is going to stay in shape and we hope we get that opportunity."

The Bengals also lose another receiver if they again make rookie Reggie McNeal the third quarterback for the third straight week. Glenn Holt, a free agent rookie from Kentucky looks like he'll be suited up for the second straight game after coming off the practice squad.

Running back Chris Perry can also line up some at wide receiver.

Chatman, who came over from Green Bay in free agency, has never been right since he pulled a muscle in his groin/abdominal area on the first weekend of training camp. He hardly ever practiced and played in one preseason game before making his regular season Bengals debut in Week 4 against the Patriots.

He caught a big third-down pass last week before finishing the year with just three catches for 22 yards.

But he also returned punts and kicks, duties that appear now to fall to Keiwan Ratliff and Kenny Watson, respectively.

Henry has missed the last three games, the last two because of a suspension for violating a variety of NFL policies. Henry missed the Oct. 1 loss to New England when Lewis chose not to dress him after he was in the same car when linebacker Odell Thurman was arrested for a DUI.



RUDI READY: Running back Rudi Johnson suited up at practice Friday and looked ready to go after he sat out Thursday's practice with a back problem. His average of 84.3 rushing yards per game is second in the AFC behind Denver's Tatum Bell.

MOVIN' ON UP: With one big day Sunday, wide receiver Chad Johnson could pass both icons Cris Collinsworth (417) and Isaac Curtis (416) on the club's all-time receptions list. He needs nine against the Falcons to trail only Carl Pickens' 530.

Johnson has already hob-nobbed with a Hall of Famer this week. At Friday's practice in a downpour, this is how he introduced himself to CBS analyst Troy Aikman in the Paul Brown Stadium tunnel:

"Hey, Troy, you need a jacket?" Johnson asked, and then turned to assistant equipment manager Jeff Brickner and said, "Hey Brick, take care of Troy so he can come out and see me close up. You've got to see me close up to see how good I am."

Aikman later did under an umbrella.

INJURY UPDATE: It doesn't look promising for strong side linebacker Rashad Jeanty (foot). After practicing for the first time in weeks Thursday, he didn't do team work Friday. Probables such as defensive tackle Sam Adams (knee) and linebacker Brian Simmons (neck) worked for the first time this week Friday.

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