One player who is returning from injury but hasn’t played this year is fullback Chris Pressley, who started 10 games for the Bengals in 2011 and 14 in 2012 until he suffered a knee injury in Week 15 against the Philadelphia Eagles that cost him the rest of the season and had kept him on the physically unable to perform list since.
The Bengals haven’t gotten the kind of production from their run game that they did when Pressley was in the lineup. With him, the Bengals rushed for 120+ yards in four of five games (Weeks 11-15) and were becoming one of the best rush offenses in the NFL, but his injury coincided with the run game faltering (didn’t reach 100 yards again) and the Bengals offense became anemic to the point it cost them in the playoffs.
But there’s no telling if he’ll make that kind of impact again, or even if the Bengals will activate him. They can still place him on the injured reserve if they choose not to activate him, but with the running game and the offense as a whole struggling over the past month, they should give him a shot to open some more running lanes up for Giovani Bernard and BenJarvus Green-Ellis.