Jermaine Gresham misses practice for Bengals

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The season-ending knee injury suffered by defensive tackle Geno Atkins has been the biggest recent injury news for the AFC North-leading Bengals.

Atkins is a major loss to the defensive front, the kind of loss that makes is crucial for players in other spots to step up their productivity to keep the team on the winning side of things. Other injury news isn’t great in Cincinnati, however.

Tight end Jermaine Gresham missed practice on Thursday with a groin injury. Gresham was a limited participant in Wednesday’s work because of the injury and the downgrade doesn’t bode well for his chances of playing against the Ravens. Gresham has been a frequent and reliable target for Andy Dalton this season and losing him would hurt the Bengals’ ability to rebound from a poor offensive performance against the Dolphins in Week Nine.

Linebacker Rey Maualuga and defensive tackle Devon Still were also out of practice for the Bengals. Maualuga may need a couple more weeks after injuring his knee and suffering a concussion against the Jets while Still is trying to recover from a dislocated elbow. Geoff Hobson of the Bengals website doesn’t expect either player to be on the field against Baltimore.

9 responses to “Jermaine Gresham misses practice for Bengals

  1. Gresham and Mauluga – there’s two players I wouldn’t have missed a bit last year, yet both have been playing some of their best ball this year.

    If Gresham is a no go I wonder if we’ll see Orson Charles in at TE some? He looked great in the little bit we’ve seen him play TE.

  2. Gresham being out only makes me happy that Eifert should see more targets. He’s way better than Gresham. It’s normal for Gresham to have 1-2 BAD drops a game. I mean drops right in his hands. He has stepped up this year but Eifert is better than Gresham by far. Maualuga, on the other hand, is going to be missed. Up until this year I was over him. But he has shown his value in the run stopping game. Last week the Dolphins had their way with us on the ground (and the in the air) and that hasn’t happened all year until he got hurt. We need him to help stop the run game.

  3. Not quite sure how you could say it was a “poor” offensive performance considering the Bengals controlled TOP 40 mins to 28 & were 10/20 on 3rd downs (+ 1/1 on 4th down) converted vs 3/14 for Miami, gaing 465 yds to 345 for the Dolphins.

    The fact of a completely bogus holding call on Gresham negated a TD & led to a subsequent 93 yard pick 6 instead for 14-pt 1st half scoring swing had more to do with it than any “poor” offensive performance

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