We’ve heard a number of outlets say the Bengals rested their starters Sunday night against the Jets, which simply isn’t true.
Cedric Benson wasn’t out there, and perhaps the game plan was simplified, but the Bengals’ key players were on the field while the Jets racked up a 27-0 halftime lead.
Marvin Lewis probably wishes he rested more players, because his team suffered some new injuries. An MRI on Chad Ochocinco’s knee revealed no structural damage, and Marvin Lewis didn’t sound concerned about the injury after the game.
Defensive tackle Pat Sims isn’t so lucky. A starter during the last five games, Sims was placed on injured reserve Monday after breaking his forearm against the Jets. Cornerback Keiwan Ratliff was signed to the active roster.
Nose tackle Domata Peko (knee) is expected to return from injury for the playoffs for Cincinnati’s sagging rush defense. The team also expects safety Chris Crocker to return.