With Michael Johnson out, Wallace Gilberry stepping up for Bengals

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Dec 30, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Wallace Gilberry (91) reacts during the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals defeated the Ravens 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

With word that Michael Johnson was once again absent from practice today, the Bengals may once again need to count on defensive end Wallace Gilberry to pick up the slack, and he’s shown he’s capable of doing that and then some.

Zimmer has been able to bring the best out of Gilberry in Cincinnati, and though he still has occasional lapses, he’s proud of how Gilberry has stepped-up:

“He sometimes drives me crazy,” Zimmer said. “He doesn’t drive me crazy in the games, but sometimes he’s standing back there not paying attention and things like that, so I have to get on him a little bit. But he’s played good. He played very well this week. He had a couple nice rushes. He hit the quarterback the one time (for a roughing penalty). But it’s nice to have a guy in there to go along with Geno when they’re turning to him.”

 

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