Friday, October 25, 2002

Off week doesn't heal all wounds

Safety Roman, cornerback Burris questionable for Sunday's game

By Mark Curnutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

The Bengals continued to be hit by the injury bug Thursday. Safety Mark Roman was listed as questionable because of problems with concussion symptoms that won't clear up. He is expected to be out Sunday when the Bengals host the Tennessee Titans.

Starting outside linebacker Adrian Ross might miss Sunday's game because of a knee injury suffered Wednesday at practice. Ross had an MRI Thursday that was negative, but is listed as questionable.

Starting cornerback Jeff Burris (hamstring) is questionable. Tight end Sean Brewer (knee) also remains questionable, as does wide receiver Michael Westbrook (hamstring).

NO SELLOUT: As expected, the Bengals-Titans game didn't sell out and will not be shown on local television.

The Bengals have sold out just seven of 20 games played in Paul Brown Stadium.

ROCKY TOP: Former St. X star Rocky Boiman has played in all six Titans games on special teams and in four games as a linebacker.

Tennessee's fourth-round draft pick from Notre Dame, Boiman has three tackles on defense and nine on special teams.

He had two defensive tackles at linebacker and two special-teams tackles in the Titans' last game, Oct. 13, a 23-14 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

HAVE FUN: Bengals special teams coach Al Roberts spent part of his off weekend watching the son of a family friend play in a youth football game in Hyde Park.

Roberts wanted to get away from the negativity surrounding the 0-6 Bengals - "death," he called it - and watch children having fun playing football.

"I came back refreshed, and the first thing I told the guys here was there is life and death - choose life," Roberts said. "Sunday afternoon, we'll find out. It's the seed. We'll have to see if it grows."

The embattled Roberts got some good news Thursday. Titans wide receiver Derrick Mason will play but will not return kickoffs.

Mason is coming back from a separated shoulder.. In the Titans' last game in Cincinnati, he returned the opening kickoff 101 yards in Tennessee's 20-7 victory.


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