December 9, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) grimaces after being injured against the Dallas Cowboys at Paul Brown Stadium. Dallas won the game 20-19. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports
Should the Bengals rest their injured players vs. the Ravens?
Remember all the second-guessing last year at this time surrounding the Coach Shanahan’s decision to play RGIII, which resulted in a far more significant injury? To say that controversial judgment call lingers in Washington is an understatement.
I really dislike this question because it is largely manufactured by the media. Every NFL head coach understands that there is no such thing as a meaningless game in the NFL, and this Sunday’s match up is certainly not meaningless. If a player is injured, then he doesn’t play; that goes without saying.
Otherwise, I’ll adhere to the ESPN adages “you play to win the game,” and, “football players play football.”
If they are questionable-doubtful this week, I would rest them. As much as I want the No. 3 seed (or maybe even the No. 2 seed), I would rather play the Chiefs with a healthy Burfict, Gresham and Eifert than play the 6 seed without them.