NFL: Keep it down
Johnson licking his chops at Lions: The Bengals should have an easy time moving the football against the Lions. Linebacker is a major problem for Detroit. Backup linebacker Nate Wayne hurt his knee in practice doing a special teams' drill and he's questionable for Sunday's game. Out is linebacker Boss Bailey (ankle). Linebacker Earl Holmes is doubtful with an ankle injury and he hasn't practiced at all this week. Linebacker Donte Curry is questionable with a thigh injury and hasn't practiced. That leaves the Lions with James Davis, Wally Rainier and LaVar Woods. Rudi Johnson must be planning for a big game.
McFarland doubtful: The Bucs probably won't have defensive tackle Anthony McFarland, who didn't practice Thursday and is listed as doubtful. He suffered a hamstring injury that could sideline him for a couple of weeks. Ellis Wyms did a nice job filling in for him last week, and Chris Hovan stepped up and had a good game in his absence. McFarland hurt his hamstring seven plays into their victory over the Panthers.