Going into the 2012 season, one Bengal who was hoping to break out and become a potential impact-player was backup running-back Bernard Scott. While the team did sign BenJarvus Green-Ellis to be the starting back, Scoot was expected to receive double-digit carries per game after giving way to the black hole that was Cedric Benson. Scott showed promise down the stretch last season as a feature back when Benson became a fumbling liability, and what looked to be a promising 2012 campaign has already gotten off to an unfortunate start:
Its a very significant loss, given that he was the only player to score a touchdown against the Ravens in the last meeting, and his abilities as a change-of-pace back will be key to the Bengals offense this year. Hopefully he’s fully healthy for the Browns in Week 2.
As for everyone else, DE Carlos Dunlap remains doubtful as he continues to miss practice while Robert Geathers is questionable but expected to play. If he doesn’t, the Bengals will likely start DE Jamaal Anderson, who had a promising preseason and shouldn’t be much of a drop-off from Geathers.
CBs Adam Jones and Jason Allen continue to look as though they’ll be full-go’s Monday night, and with the Ravens set to feature QB Joe Flacco and the passing-attack more this season, their presence will be a welcome addition.