Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead (39) is pursued by Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Ray Maualuga (58) and safety Chris Crocker (32) during the 2013 AFC wild card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. The Chargers defeated the Bengals 27-10. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
The Cincinnati Bengals are on the road this afternoon to face the Indianapolis Colts, and these seem to be two team headed in opposite directions. After a torrid start, the Bengals were blown out by the New England Patriots and then tied the Carolina Panthers. Conversely, after an 0-2 start, the Colts have reeled off four straight wins.
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The prevailing wind seems to be that the trends will continue here, with the Colts prevailing. If that turns out to be the case, injuries could play a large role, as the Bengals are banged up, while the Colts are relatively healthy.
The only big hole for the Colts is cornerback Darius Butler, who is definitely out with an ankle injury. Defensive tackle Arthur Jones is listed as questionable and may indeed be out for the game. Beyond these two, the Colts have little to worry about, injury-wise, heading into this afternoon. The complete Colts’ injury report is available on the team website.
The Bengals, of course, are in a bit worse shape than their neighbors up I-74. Wide receiver Marvin Jones is done for the season, put on the IR earlier in the week. Fellow wideout A.J. Green is listed as doubtful, but he’s out for the Indy game.
Linebacker Ray Maualuga s officially out, and LB Emmanuel Lamur is doubtful. DT Brandon Thompson is also doubtful, and LB Vontaze Burfict is always just a play away from the sideline – a head-butt could flare up concussion concerns and an ankle-twist could get him tossed.
The full Bengals’ injury report is available on the team website.
All in all, the Bengals have some patchwork to do on the fly, and it’s a rough week to do it. Could be a long ride home to the Riverfront.