Saturday, November 16, 2002

Rookie Dorsch could get his kicks Sunday


Bengals notebook

By Mark Curnutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Suddenly, drafting Travis Dorsch might not be such a poor decision for the Bengals.

Inactive all season, the rookie kicker has an outside shot at doing double duty as a kicker and punter Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.

Bengals starting kicker Neil Rackers is probable to play but has a slight sprain of his left ankle. Punter Nick Harris didn't practice Friday because he has the flu.

Bengals coach Dick LeBeau said he expects Rackers, who has 38 points this season and is the team's leading scorer, to play Sunday. Rackers, in his third NFL season, injured his ankle during practice Thursday.

But Dorsch, who punted and kicked at Purdue, was the only Bengals kicker who practiced Friday. He was Cincinnati's fourth-round draft pick this year.

INJURIES: Defensive end Vaughn Booker and cornerback Jeff Burris each rested Friday.

Safety Mark Roman (knee) also practiced for the first time in nine days and appeared to move well, LeBeau said.

Running back Brandon Bennett, the team's best kickoff returner, was out for a second day with a turf toe.

Defensive tackle Ron Smith probably will see his first action with the Bengals on Sunday. He was signed to the 53-man roster Thursday, the same day former UC star Mario Monds was released.

Starting defensive tackle Oliver Gibson is out for the season with an Achilles tendon tear, and backup Glen Steele has been moved into the starting lineup. Smith probably will back up Steele.

HE'S BACK: The Bengals signed Monds to the practice squad Friday. He had been waived Thursday after being signed to the 53-man roster Monday.

E-mail: mcurnutte@enquirer.com




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