Monday, November 01, 1999

Yeast makes first NFL catches

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        On a day Carl Pickens caught his 500th career pass, rookie receiver Craig Yeast grabbed his first. And second, and third.

        Yeast, bothered by a high ankle sprain since early August, had been deactivated for all but the season opener at Tennessee. The Bengals had been wanting to work the former University of Kentucky playmaker into the mix, but coach Bruce Coslet had said Yeast's ankle was hampering him.

        Sunday, Yeast's three catches led Cincinnati wideouts, and tied running back Michael Basnight for tops on the team. Rookie Damon Griffin, who had played in all seven games, was inactive and Yeast took his place returning punts and took one for 10 yards.

        “I knew I was eventually going to get a chance to play. And I just want to make the best of it,” Yeast said.

        Yeast is small (5-foot-7, 160 pounds) but could flourish as a third receiver behind Darnay Scott and Carl Pickens. The Bengals like the breakaway ability Yeast showed while at the niversity of Kentucky with quarterback Tim Couch. But Yeast said he'll go over the middle to make a catch too.

        “A lot of big guys don't want to do it, but I don't mind,” he said. “Hopefully I can get the catch and not get killed, and live for another day.”

        TOUGH EXIT: Coach Bruce Coslet was nearly hit by an empty soda cup as he walked into the Bengals' locker room afterward. Blue-seat patrons always hang around to shout at the team as it comes off afterward, and reserved much of their venom for Coslet.

        LANGFORD INJURED: Starting defensive end Jevon Langford may have suffered ligament damage in his left knee. He underwent an MRI Sunday night and is definitely out for next Sunday.


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