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Other than the injury to Dalton, the Bengals are relatively healthy going into Sunday’s game at Denver. With CB Kelly Jennings looking like he will be available to play, the team added a third Tight End by signing Donald Lee and waiving CB Rico Murray. With his experience and ability to both block and be a receiver, Lee gives the Bengals something they were lacking when Bo Scaife went down due to injury.
DE Robert Geathers did not practice for a 2nd straight day due to a shoulder injury. Geathers has not missed a game due to injury since 2008 and if he can’t go, Carlos Dunlap would move into the starting lineup.
OT Andrew Whitworth was listed as limited with a knee injury, but he will be in the starting lineup on Sunday.
Defensively, the Bengals rank 6th in Total Yards (285.0), 12th in Pass Defense (202.0), 14th in Rushing Defense (83.0). They run a 4-3 front seven.
The Bengals front four had LDE Robert Geathers go down with a shoulder injury, but RDE Frostee Rucker will return. 2nd year man Carlos Dunlap will get more work in Geathers' place. Dunlap had 9.5 Sacks in 2010, has a good first step and brings pressure from the left side. The huge Domata Peko literally anchors the LDT spot, with Geno Atkins at RDT. Jonathan Fanene, who had 6 Tackles last week and Pat Sims are in the rotation at DT. RDE Michael Johnson (6'-7") had 3 passes batted and 1 Interception on Sunday.
The Defensive backfield has Nate Clements, who replaced Jonathan Joseph when the latter bolted to Houston in Free Agency, and Leon Hall at the Corners. Reggie Nelson is the Free Safety and Chris Crocker is the Strong Safety. FS Gibril Wilson played in the Nickel package last week, but CB Kelly Jennings and Morgan Trent will alternate as the corners in nickel situations against Denver.
Mike Nugent is the Kicking specialist for Cincy. He has a good leg on kickoffs. He has a career mark of 79.3% and is better than average out to around the 49 yard mark. The Punter is Kevin Huber, who made 8 punts last week for a 47.8 average, put two inside the 20 with only one touchback and a long of 60 yards. The Long Snapper is 3rd year man Clark Harris.