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
It looks as though everyone other than cornerback Terence Newman will be healthy enough to play Sunday night. Newman continues to be held out of practice due to his sprained MCL, and his status will likely be determined by Cincinnati’s playoff scenarios.
It’s highly-unlikely he’ll play next week vs. the Minnesota Vikings, but could be healthy enough to play in Week 17 vs. the Baltimore Ravens. That is, if that game has any affect on the Bengals’ seeding in the playoffs.
If Cincinnati is locked into the No. 3 seed, Newman will sit that game. But if the No. seed and a first-round bye is still in-play, Newman will try to give it a go. The hope is that the New England Patriots lose this week to the Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati beats Pittsburgh to climb into the No. 2 seed.
A first-round bye will give the Bengals a much-needed week of rest for guys like Vontaze Burfict and the aforementioned Newman who are dealing with nagging injuries.
Burfict has manged to play every game this year, despite seemingly being on the injury report every week and/or getting banged-up in several games.
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