Bengals go without Gresham, Newman
CLEVELAND -- The Bengals will be without tight end Jermaine Gresham and cornerback Terence Newman Sunday when they play the Cleveland Browns with their hold on first place in the AFC North on the line.
Gresham has a toe injury that forced him to sit out practice Friday. He practiced on Wednesday but was limited on Thursday. Newman has an ankle injury that limited him in practice throughout the week.
Kevin Brock is expected to start in place of Gresham but the injury leaves the Bengals without one of their most important offensive weapons. Gresham has 50 catches this season, the fourth time in five seasons he's accomplished that mark. Brock has just four catches on the season.
Newman will be replaced by Adam "Pacman" Jones in the starting lineup while Dre Kirkpatrick and Darqueze Dennard will see added playing time in the nickel and dime defensive packages.
The Bengals also made wide receivers Dane Sanzenbacher and James Wright inactive, leaving them with just four wide receivers dressed for the game. That includes former Cleveland player Greg Little.
The other Cincinnati inactives are offensive lineman Tanner Hawkinson and defensive end Margus Hunt. Rookie A.J. McCarron, activated to the 53-man roster for the first time this week, is the emergency third quarterback.