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Jermaine Gresham joins Bengals knee sprain brigade


If there’s a plus to having several players dealing with knee sprains suffered in preseason games, it is that the Bengals can now describe new injuries in relation to those previously afflicted.

That’s what coach Marvin Lewis did when discussing the status of tight end Jermaine Gresham. Lewis described Gresham as “fine” in the aftermath of Thursday night’s game against the Falcons, but he gave a bit more color during a session with the media on Sunday. Lewis said Gresham has a knee sprain that isn’t quite as bad as defensive end Carlos Dunlap’s but is worse than the one that linebacker Rey Maualuga is battling.

“He’s got a little twist, so we’ve just got to let him get all of the strength back before we bring him out here to play football again,” Gresham said, via Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Dunlap is expected to miss the next three weeks or so after getting hurt in the preseason opener. Maualuga also went down in that game against the Jets and has yet to return to practice since spraining his knee. Maualuga is expected back soon, which suggests Gresham should be ready to play in Week One even if the team limits him for the rest of the preseason.

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7 Responses to “Jermaine Gresham joins Bengals knee sprain brigade”
  1. floriosfuglykid says: Aug 20, 2012 11:24 AM

    Looks like the CBA agreement to reduce practices in order to cut down injuries … has not worked as planned.

  2. kuta82 says: Aug 20, 2012 12:08 PM

    Cut the preseason games down to 2..players are getting injured almost every game..These games are just meaning less..Saw AustinCollie Corey Reding go down last night.and these guys are starters…Jeez this has to stop

  3. touchdownroddywhite says: Aug 20, 2012 12:27 PM

    I wonder if the limit of off-season work has actually worked against a lot of these guys that aren’t natural workout warriors on their own?

  4. cincyorangenblack says: Aug 20, 2012 12:33 PM

    its the new field turf. Easy to maintain, looks great on TV, provides better grip….to the point of players hyperextending knees almost becoming commonplace. go back to real grass please, we like our superstars ON the field, not in the training room

  5. crubenst says: Aug 20, 2012 12:55 PM

    I like Gresham a lot and I’m worried about him. The injury didn’t look good. And it looked like his hip. First look seemed earily similar to Bo Jackson’s injury….. I hope its just a knee sprain.

  6. whodeytn says: Aug 20, 2012 2:33 PM

    I like Gresham a lot and I’m worried about him. The injury didn’t look good. And it looked like his hip. First look seemed earily similar to Bo Jackson’s injury….. I hope its just a knee sprain.

    It never looked like a hip injury.

  7. mwindle1973 says: Aug 20, 2012 5:21 PM

    If it was a real game, they would’ve wrapped Maualuga’s knee and sent back out. He wanted to keep playing. And he wanted to play this week. And he promises he’ll be back this THursday. But I think the coaches want him at 100% when the season starts if possible. Him and everyone else. In each preseason game a player has taken a good shot to the head. THey kept the players out the rest of the game. In one case the player had a minor concussion, and was cleared to play a couple days later. In the other there was no concussion. Just like CBs Jones & Allen…they have muscle pulls, and soreness. If it was the regular season, they are playing and practicing. But they are trying to get the to 100% before the opener. I think it’s pretty much, if you already have a roster spot secured, then you aren’t playing or practicing injured during the preseason. I now we have been hit pretty hard this pre season with injury, luckily only 2 were season ending. But hopefully the pace starts to slow to a more normal one here once the season starts.

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