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T.J. probable

Updated: 2:30 p.m.

Wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh, listed as probable against the Titans with a bruised back, suited up for the first time this week at Friday morning's practice. So did wide receiver Glenn Holt (concussion) and safety Herana-Daze Jones (knee), but right tackle Willie Anderson is going to miss his fifth straight game with a knee injury.

All Bengals but Jones, who is probable, had a full practice.

There may also be bad news on running back Chris Perry. He didn't practice Friday, the last workout before the Bengals have to decide early next week if they're going to put him on season-ending injured reserve or activate him on the 53-man roster. Perry dislocated his ankle last Nov. 26 in Cleveland and hasn't played since.

Houshmandzadeh, who played late last season with four small broken bones in his back, said before Friday's practice that this injury isn't as serious "but if I can't tolerate it, I can't tolerate it. We've still got 48 hours before the game. We'll see."

Head coach Marvin Lewis said after practice that he thinks Houshmandzadeh can play.

"He wants to very badly and there shouldn't be a problem," Lewis said.

Houshmandzadeh, on pace for one of the top receiving seasons of all time with 122 catches, hasn't played 16 games since his breakout season of 73 catches in 2004. He's just 15 grabs from a career-high 91 and 25 from a club-record 101 and he's not looking to miss any games.

"If I hadn't got hurt last year I could have had a season like this," said Houshmandzadeh, who had 90 catches despite missing the first two games with a bruised heel.

Houshmandzadeh admits he's thinking about making the Pro Bowl.

"I'd be lying to you if I said I didn't," Houshmandzadeh said. "I would think anybody would if they've never been to one before. I don't really know what goes into it, but if I don't go, I don't go. I would say if this is the year I was going to go, this would be it. But all I'm really interested in is finishing 9-7."

For the Titans, right guard Benji Olson is out. Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth was limited for a second straight practice Friday and is questionable.

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