MCL sprains are tough injuries to come back from, and it appears starting cornerback Terence Newman isn’t healing fast enough, leaving him doubtful to play this weekend when the Cincinnati Bengals host the San Diego Chargers:
All #Bengals on injury report were full practice particpants today except for Newman, who was limited.
— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonCMG) January 3, 2014
Inj Rept: DOUBTFUL: Newman; Q’BLE: Cook, Eifert, Gilberry, Gresham; PROBABLE: Collins, Crocker, Green, Kirkpatrick, Rey, Smith, Whitworth
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) January 3, 2014
Even though the Bengals have four other players listed as questionable, more often than not, that designation has led to players being able to suit up. Given this being a playoff game, expect at least three of those four players to play Sunday.
As for the Chargers, runningback Ryan Matthews was able to practice today and will likely tart on Sunday along with wide receiver Eddie Royal:
Ryan Mathews (ankle) practiced for first time this week. Limited participant. Probable. Eddie Royal (toe) is questionable. Likely to play.
— Michael Gehlken (@UTgehlken) January 3, 2014
For the most part, both teams will be fairly healthy for Sunday’s Wild Card game. Royal missed the last matchup, as did starting left tackle King Dunlap, which forced rookie tackle D.J. Fluker to man that spot.
The Bengals defensive line vs. the Chargers offensive line may ultimately decide Sunday’s contest.
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