Sunday, August 26, 2001

Bengals Notebook

Bennett seems solid No. 2 RB

By Mark Curnutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Corey Dillon high-steps past a defender.
(AP photo)
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        Bengals running back Brandon Bennett staked his claim to return as Corey Dillon's top backup. Bennett rushed six times for 100 yards, including a 76-yard second-quarter touchdown that was the team's lone offensive highlight.

        “We throw different running backs at them who do different things,” Bennett said. “I think I've showed I'm a reliable backup who can come in and make things happen.”

        Curtis Keaton had 25 yards on five carries, and rookie Rudi Johnson ran five times for 13 yards.

        The Bengals continue to punish defenses on the ground. They had 183 yards against a Bills defense that was third overall in the league last season. Cincinnati has rushed for 590 yards in three preseason games.

        DILLON DEBUT: Dillon played the first quarter and rushed for 34 yards on seven carries, including a long of 24 in the first quarter.

Cory Hall gets a pat on the head from Oliver Gibson after being ejected.
(Jeff Swinger photo)
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        EJECTIONS: Bengals safety Cory Hall and Buffalo linebacker Fred Jones were ejected following offsetting personal foul penalities in the second quarter on a Bengals punt. Hall was restrained by teammate Oliver Gibson while trying to confront the referees.

        DROPS: Wide receivers Darnay Scott and Peter Warrick each dropped two passes. And while the quarterback play by Scott Mitchell and Jon Kitna was disappointing,coach Dick LeBeau said, “When we did throw it well, we didn't catch it.”

        HEX: The Paul Brown Stadium curse on field goal kickers held. Buffalo's Steve Christie was 1-for-4 on field goals, and the Bengals Neil Rackers 1-for-2 and Richie Cunningham 0-for-1.

        Last season, in 10 games, including two in the preseason, kickers were 17-for-32 on field goals at PBS.

        DEFENSE: The Bengals had six sacks and tipped three passes at the line. They also held the Bills to 5-for-16 (31 percent) conversions on third down.

        INJURY REPORT: Out for Indianapolis are tight end Sean Brewer (groin), tackle Freddie Moore (knee) and Nick Williams (knee). Doubtful is safety Darryl Williams (ankle). Questionable are wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh (foot), quarterback Akili Smith (shoulder), wide receiver Chad Plummer (hip) and linebacker Adrian Ross (ankle). Probable are defensive end Kevin Henry (hamstring), linebacker Armegis Spearman (heel), cornerback Artrell Hawkins (tonsilitis) and safety Chris Carter (hamstring).

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