The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio on September 19, 1991 · Page 23
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The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio · Page 23

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Thursday, September 19, 1991
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'A, F Thursday, September 19, 1991 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Pro fOOtballC-3 Shudders shake Spinney Brooks twists his ankle, Wyche's gut, but all well BY JACK BRENNAN The Cincinnati Enquirer James Brooks gave the Bengals "quite a scare," coach Sam Wyche said Wednesday. But it's expected Brooks will play against Washington on Sunday despite an ankle injury he suffered during practice. Brooks is bidding to become the first Bengals back to gain 100 yards in three straight games since Pete Johnson in 1980. "The doctors are calling it a 'twink' (of the ankle)," said general manager Mike Brown. "It's a twist, but apparently not a serious one." But it looked serious enough initially to warrant a mid-practice trip to Christ Hospital for Brooks. "The look on his face was some true pain," said Wyche. "We were worried about a bad sprain or even something broken. But it looks OK now, although I doubt he'll practice (today)." Vi 4ftV" 'IMsssS mm wtr 3 back Mitchell Price (knee) on injured reserve Wednesday. Price is expected to be ready to play by the time he's eligible again in four weeks. The Bengals almost surely will fill one of the spots by activating a defensive back. Cornerback Richard Fain and safety Fernandus Vinson are on the practice squad, with Fain the leading candidate. Unless Brooks is unable to play, the other spot probably won't be filled this week. "You have to deactivate one of your 47 each week anyway, so we'd probably just play Washington with 46 guys," said Wyche. "We're going to need roster spots next week, anyway, because several guys are ready to come off injured reserve then." Ickey Woods and safety Barney Bussey are likely recalls from I.R. next week. HITTING BOTTOM: The Bengals rank last in the NFL in takeawaygiveaway ratio with minus 6 a statistic they bill as more crucial than ones involving yardage. They've had three takeaways, all fumble recoveries, and nine giveaways four interceptions and five fumbles. The next-worst AFC ratio is minus-3. Two NFC teams, the Rams and Falcons, are at minus-5. WAIT AND SEE: Boomer Esiason was asked what kind of reception he thinks the 0-3 Bengals will get at Riverfront Stadium on Sunday. "I haven't really thought about it," he said. "That's something you (reporters) would like to think about, but I can only tell you we're playing at home, and I really believe the people who come are there to see us do well. They're not there to antagonize us or anything like that." BENGALS RISE IN SACKS SOME: The Bengals got off ground zero in sacks last week with three. But they still rank tied for next-to-last in sacks league-wide, and they'll be rushing Sunday against the NFL's most sack-proof offense. Washington has allowed just one sack, an 11-yarder. Every other club has allowed at least three. The Bengals last week were the only NFL team without a sack. "The Cleveland game took a little pressure off us," said defensive end Natu Tuatagaloa, who forced a fumble with a nine-yard sack of Bernie Kosar. "But losing three in a row, we can only look on that as a building block. And Washington has a lot better offense than Cleveland. They've shown that pretty clearly already." Brooks jokingly told reporters, James Brooks "I can't play; I'm going to retire." But he was walking without the crutches he had been issued at the hospital. "I expect to be in there," he said in a serious moment. "It did hurt real bad at first. It had me wondering, but it loosened up after a little while." If Brooks doesn't progress as well as expected, the Bengals probably would attempt to call up rookie Mike Dingle from their practice squad. INJURIES: The rest of the report, was good. Wide receiver Eddie Brown (shoulder), inactive for the Cleveland game, practiced despite being officially listed as questionable. Wyche said he hoped to see enough further progress in practice today to upgrade Brown to probable. Bruce Kozerski is back at starting center, with Bruce Reimers at left guard, Paul Jetton at right guard, Anthony Munoz at left tackle and Joe Walter at right tackle. Wyche said the offensive line "should be completely healthy for the first time" this week. Linebacker Alex Gordon (hamstring) returned to practice after missing the Cleveland game. TWO SHORT: The Bengals reduced their roster to 45 two under the limit by placing defensive Pats complete Solomon trade game. "I made one mistake," Levy added. "I said, 'When a guy took a dive ..." I should have said, 'If he took a dive He said he has no "vendetta" against Coslet, as Coslet charged Tuesday, and declared he has "admiration for his coaching skills." Millard examined EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Min nesota Vikings officials were in the dark Wednesday on the status of defensive tackle Keith Millard, who was in Colorado to get a second opinion on his injured right knee. Millard flew to Vail, Colo., to see Dr. Richard Steadman, a renowned orthopedist. ENQUIRER NEWS SERVICES FOXBORO, Mass. Linebacker Jesse Solomon was traded for the second time in three days on Wednesday, this time moving from the New England Patriots to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Patriots will get Tampa's fifth-round pick in the 1992 draft for the man they acquired from the Dallas Cowboys on Monday for a 1992 sixth-round pick. There was speculation after that trade that New England was actually working as a go-between in a deal to send Solomon, who lives in Madison, Fla., to Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers had shown the most interest in Solomon but could not cut a deal with the Cowboys because of a clause included by the Minnesota Vikings in the Herschel Walker deal that sent Solomon to Dallas in October 1989. That clause prevented the Cowboys from trading any of the five players they received from Minnesota to an NFC Central team. Earlier, the Cowboys had tried to send Solomon straight to Tampa Bay, but Minnesota blocked the trade. In other Patriot news: Owner Victor Kiam has three weeks to come up with $38 million to pay off partner Fran Murray or else lose control and eventually ownership of the NFL franchise. If Kiam cannot produce the money, Murray will run the team with the help of the league for 120 days, during which time it would be sold. . Coach Dick MacPherson named Hugh Millen as his starting quarterback, replacing Tommy Hodson. Millen's first start will be Sunday against undefeated Houston at Foxboro Stadium. 49ers, Broncos end talks SANTA CLARA, Calif. Trade talks between Denver and San Francisco over Broncos holdout running back Bobby Humphrey have broken down. "The two sides couldn't get together," 49ers coach George Seifert said Wednesday. Seifert was unwilling to meet Denver's demand of a starting defensive lineman or next year's first-round draft pick for Humphrey. Eagles sign Roy Green PHILADELPHIA The Philadelphia Eagles, facing a month without receiver Calvin Williams, signed former Phoenix Cardinals standout Roy Green on Wednesday. After setting all of the Cardinals' receiving records during a 12-year tenure, he was traded to Cleveland last spring and released by the Browns in August. Levy backtracks remarks ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Bills coach Marv Levy sought Wednesday to cool down a spat with Jets coach Bruce Coslet over whether New York faked injuries to slow down Buffalo's no-huddle offense. "First of all, I never raised the issue," Levy said at his Wednesday news conference. "I was asked a question ... I said, 'if they were doing it there was poetic justice' because they ended up losing the Blankenship needs tests PITTSBURGH Brian Blankenship, a former strike-team player who beat out two first-round draft choices to win starting guard job with the Pittsburgh Steelers, is undergoing medical tests to determine if his career is over. The Steelers labeled as premature remarks by Blankenship's agent, Jim Steiner, that he wouldn't play again due to a neck injury sustained in last Sunday's Steelers-New England game. Houston loses Munchak HOUSTON Houston guard Mike Munchak, who developed a problem with his left knee in Monday night's victory over Kansas City, underwent arthroscopic surgery Wednesday and will be out a month. Physicians did an MRI on his knee Tuesday to see the extent of the injury. 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