Runningback Brian Leonard (40) will probably miss his second straight game after not practicing all week. Leonard received the doubtful tag due to his nagging knee issue. Of the 4 running backs on the team, Leonard is the best at pass-blocking for his quarterback and catching passes out of the backfield. This is what makes Leonard so valuable as a third-down back. In fact, the 6-1, 225-pound Leonard is so versatile, he is also the team’s back up fullback.
The starting fullback is the 5-11, 256-pound, bowling ball named Chris Pressley (36). But, Pressley also missed practice all week. Head Coach Marvin Lewis normally never allows players to play on Sunday after missing practice all week. However, Pressley’s injury isn’t quite as serious as Leonard’s. Pressley is also dealing with a knee issue, but he at least received the questionable tag for Sunday’s game, which is supposed to mean that he has a 50-50 shot of playing on Sunday.
Coach Lewis may make an exception to Pressley and allow him to play if he feels good enough during warmups. If not, the team may turn to the 4th-string runningback, Cedric Peerman (30), reports the Enquirer’s Joe Reedy. Peerman doesn’t have the bowling ball stature of Pressley (Peerman is only 5-10, 211 pounds), but Peerman is a strong, physical player. Peerman actually leads the team in special teams tackles for the year with twelve tackles. He has a nose for the ball when he plays on special teams, and he certainly has the hustle and motivation to hit defenders hard if he were to play fullback.
Personally, I’d like to see the team go with Peerman tomorrow. He needs to see more action. I was shocked that he didn’t touch the ball once in the game where Benson served his suspension. Peerman actually received a few snaps at runningback in that game, but the team didn’t use him. He’s impressed in the preseason, and I’d really like to see the team roll with him more often. One more fact that’s sure to make you love him, Peerman is licensed to preach. Some call him the “Running Reverend”.
Now put him in the game, Marvin!