Larry Johnson might be active in his first game as a Bengal, after all.
NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reports that Cedric Benson is likely to miss Sunday’s game against Oakland after missing his second consecutive practice Thursday. Benson’s teammates reportedly do not expect Benson to suit up, which runs contrary to comments Marvin Lewis made earlier in the week.
Resting Benson makes sense.
The Bengals have an explosive backup in Bernard Scott, a fine third-down back in Brian Leonard, and Johnson in reserve. Cincinnati’s next three opponents have combined for four wins this year.
The best way for the Bengals to get their money’s worth with Johnson is to use him in the next few weeks, so Benson is fresh for the games that count.