The Bengals went into today’s matchup with the Dolphins sporting the NFL’s 13th-ranked rushing offense as they went against Miami’s top-ranked run defense. After three fumbles in two games, RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis managed 14 yards on nine carries.
Not all seemed lost early though, as backup Bernard Scott led the Bengals with 40 yards on five carries, including an early run in which he ran for 29 yards on what turned out to be one of the few Bengals scoring drives of the day. But it was his last carry of the day, as he left the the game with an apparent knee injury, Scott left the stadium on crutches. According to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, it is believed to be an ACL injury. Scott has played in just two games this year, gaining 35 yards on just eight carries after the Bengals wanted to go into 2012 with him splitting carries with Green-Ellis in a runningback-by committee approach. If they still plan to go with that approach, that will mean more carries for Brian “Leaping” Leonard, as well as special teams-extraordinaire Cedric Peerman. Don’t rule out a trade either with the trading deadline extended to Week 8 and the Bengals having their Bye-Week the same week. The free agent RB market is rather scarce, with Joseph Addai, Tim Hightower, Steve Slaton, Ryan Torain, and Jerious Norwood being the most notable names. I’d rather see Peerman be given more opportunities before signing any of them.