Bengals DE Odom out for season
Odom was the
He wasn’t the only defensive lineman hurt.
With so many starters hurt, the line is an injury-depleted mess.
“Just the fact that I’ve got two good legs is a blessing,” said Johnson, who has plantar faciitis in his right foot. “It’s tough. Guys are banged up. It is what it is, and we’re going to play through it.”
The defensive line is the second area wiped out by injuries this season. The
Now, the defensive line – a key to their 4-2 start – is missing its best player and will have to turn to backups to pull it through. The
“Antwan has done some things this year that no one’s done,” Johnson said Monday. “He’s a great player and a great asset to our defense. Antwan has a lot of natural ability. He can reach over five people and grab you with his long arms.”
Rookie defensive end
“Every week he gets quite a few snaps,” Lewis said. “I think Michael played his best football that he played this season yesterday. Hopefully that continues as a trend. He’ll have an opportunity to do more and more.”
The defense had by far its worst game of the season on Sunday, a week after it played its best. The
“Everybody’s talking about this emotional stuff? Why is everybody so emotional?” Johnson said. “We’re fine. We’re grown men. You deal with stuff and you move on.”
“That’s just making an excuse,” Palmer said. “We played three emotional games – one game went five whole quarters – but if we start pointing fingers and using excuses like that, that doesn’t make us better. That’s a negative mindset.”