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Dalton misses practice with flu, Yates ready to go

A.J. Green, Andy Dalton AP

As Florio mentioned earlier Wednesday, Saturday’s Bengals-Texans game will make a little history.

It will be the first playoff game ever pitting two rookie quarterbacks. T.J. Yates of the Texans may be a little more prepared than Bengals starter Andy Dalton.

Dalton missed Wednesday’s practice with the flu. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said that he wasn’t too concerned, but it’s obviously less than ideal for Dalton to miss the week’s most important practice before a playoff game. The Bengals practiced in pads after weeks of not doing so.

Texans fifth-round pick T.J. Yates practiced fully for a second straight day Wednesday. Yates is the first fifth-round rookie quarterback to start a playoff game for a franchise making its first playoff appearance playing in a dome on a Saturday.

Gary Kubiak said that Yates has been “very impressive” this week correcting his mistakes and he’s taken all the first team reps. Yates will start, as will starting guard Mike Brisiel.

Texans left tackle Duane Brown says Brisiel was the highest graded lineman on the team. Brisiel broke his leg three weeks ago, but will be ready to face the Bengals.

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15 Responses to “Dalton misses practice with flu, Yates ready to go”
  1. jasons81 says: Jan 4, 2012 4:53 PM

    “Yates is the first fifth-round rookie quarterback to start a playoff game for a franchise making its first playoff appearance playing in a dome on a Saturday.”

    Well played sir

  2. Justified By God says: Jan 4, 2012 4:58 PM

    wtf? you would think all nfl players would be getting mandatory flu shots.

  3. fu7ur3pr00f says: Jan 4, 2012 5:07 PM

    “Yates is the first fifth-round rookie quarterback to start a playoff game for a franchise making its first playoff appearance playing in a dome on a Saturday”

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    Hahahahaha, that little stat line made me chuckle. How the hell did you research that?

  4. raqaiw says: Jan 4, 2012 5:19 PM

    Who comes back from a broken leg in 3the weeks? Crazy.

  5. crip2nite says: Jan 4, 2012 5:47 PM

    Justified By God says:
    Jan 4, 2012 4:58 PM
    wtf? you would think all nfl players would be getting mandatory flu shots.

    Dude… Really??? Flu Shots are one of Americas biggest scams. Do the research only people who get the shots get the flu.

  6. liljpeezy says: Jan 4, 2012 5:48 PM

    How watered down is this game, where the team starting a 5th round rookie QB in his 1st playoff game is favored? Sounds like that will be an all-time first also…….and probably never again to be duplicated.
    Whoever wins this game will be double digit dogs next week wherever they go……

  7. ticalcaldwell says: Jan 4, 2012 5:49 PM

    This is the worst site for Bengal stories…every one is negative…if the story is intended to be positive…they will add a negative comment at the end….this site is kind of the running joke among other blogs….we know the writers are ridiculously subjective on their analysis….terrible…keep up the bad work

  8. gafraidh says: Jan 4, 2012 5:52 PM

    “Yates is the first fifth-round rookie quarterback to start a playoff game for a franchise making its first playoff appearance playing in a dome on a Saturday.”
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    I agree with some others… loved that line!

  9. tripmcneely says: Jan 4, 2012 5:58 PM

    Shoo shoo Ginger Flu.

  10. txtuff says: Jan 4, 2012 6:04 PM

    crip2nite says:
    Jan 4, 2012 5:47 PM
    Justified By God says:
    Jan 4, 2012 4:58 PM
    wtf? you would think all nfl players would be getting mandatory flu shots.

    Dude… Really??? Flu Shots are one of Americas biggest scams. Do the research only people who get the shots get the flu.

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    Really? I have been getting them for the last 18 years straight and have not gotten the flu those 18 years!

  11. Tim says: Jan 4, 2012 6:05 PM

    Brisiel’s putting the team on his back

  12. txtuff says: Jan 4, 2012 6:08 PM

    raqaiw says:
    Jan 4, 2012 5:19 PM
    Who comes back from a broken leg in 3the weeks? Crazy.

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    Must be a Texans thing. Danieal Manning the Texans starting FS have the same kind of broken leg earlier this year, had the same surgery and missed 3 games. Came back like he never missed a game.

  13. hafftime says: Jan 4, 2012 6:48 PM

    raqaiw says:
    Jan 4, 2012 5:19 PM
    Who comes back from a broken leg in 3the weeks? Crazy

    that’s nothing. big ben came back from a grade 1 ankle sprain. what a warrior. just ask him, he’ll tell you !

  14. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jan 4, 2012 9:53 PM

    Gosh, however could the Bengals win without the great Carson Palmer?

    Enjoy watching the game with your bag of chips, So Cal Choker Boy!

  15. hrdcorbengalsfan says: Jan 4, 2012 10:26 PM

    Justified By God

    FYI flu shots are for upper respiratory flu, not stomach.

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