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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Week 14

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Nov 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Terence Newman (23) during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati won 41-20. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports


The concussion Iloka sustained does not sound too bad, but combined with the season ending injuries to Mays and Hall and now a 1-3 week injury for Newman, this defense, specifically the secondary is becoming very thin. The more concerning injury (from a defense standpoint) is the injury to Newman.

With Hall already out for the year and Ghee’s healthy always hanging in the wind, the cornerback position has become very thin. I would expect the Bengals to sign a CB this week. For those thinking Nnamdi Asomugha, the idea of it sounds fun, but it doesn’t seem like a fit – organizationally or schematically. Zimmer and Lewis normally go one of two ways in this situation – a young player they can begin developing or a veteran that has experience in Zimmer’s system.

If it was the beginning of the year, maybe. Mid-year though? I just don’t see it. Lest we not forget, Asomugha lost his starting position last year on a 4-12 Eagles team and was cut this season by the 49ers. If they pick up a veteran, I have my money on Nate Clements being brought back – solid, team-oriented veteran that knows Zimmer’s system (things that do not describe Asomugha).

However, I am going to guess they go with a younger player that none of us have heard of, and that is not a bad thing. The fact of the matter is, when you lose your 2 starting corners, there are not starting corner backs sitting out there unemployed. If they were good enough to be starting, they would be on a team.

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