Running back Jamal Lewis and kicker Phil Dawson were both idle in practice today – along with guard Floyd Womack – and their statuses all remain uncertain for Sunday’s game against the Bengals. Defensive ends Corey Williams and Kenyon Coleman are also injured but managed to practice today.
If Lewis is not able to play, and I’ll sound like a broken record here, it is time for Jerome Harrison and James Davis to step up and carry the load. Harrison did a pretty good job against the Ravens, rushing for 52 yards on 16 carries. Keep in mind that the Ravens have the league’s top-ranked rush defense and have not allowed a 100-yard rusher in what seems like forever.
While these players might be listed as questionable or doubtful for the game, Eric Mangini is holding out hope that they can play. After all, it feels weird seeing anyone but Dawson out there making kicks, doesn’t it?
– On another note, rapper Common was in concert at the House of Blues in Cleveland on Thursday night. Turns out, so was QB Brady Quinn and some of his teammates. As Common performed some freestyle raps, he claimed that he “won’t mess up like Brady Quinn,” while fitting Derek Anderson into the next verse. While Quinn was apparently able to recognize the joke as harmless, I wonder just how funny he thinks it is that he is potentially missing out on that $5 million escalator in his contract if he manages to play in 70% of the team’s offensive plays this season.