Saturday, September 27, 2003

Dillon ready to run against Browns, but Schobel doubtful

By Mark Curnutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Tailback Corey Dillon practiced Friday and was declared "fine" by coach Marvin Lewis. Dillon is recovering from a strained groin suffered Sunday against the Steelers. He also hyperextended a knee the previous week at Oakland. Tight end Matt Schobel (hamstring) practiced, too, but remains doubtful for Sunday's game at Cleveland.

QB OK WITH LEWIS: Lewis also continues to stick with quarterback Jon Kitna, in spite of the team's 0-3 start and rumblings among some fans to see rookie Carson Palmer.

Asked this week if Kitna were "on a short leash," Lewis said, "No."

Kitna remains an exemplary leader. He stayed after Friday's practice to work with rookie wide receivers Kelley Washington and Lawrence Hamilton.

Wide receivers coach Alex Wood and the three players were the last to leave the practice field by 15 minutes.

FIELD WOES: Pittsburgh coach Bill Cowher is echoing many Bengals players in commenting on the poor conditioning of the Paul Brown Stadium grass.

Speaking to reporters in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Cowher said it was the Steelers - not the Bengals - who lost a touchdown on a kickoff return.

Cowher became agitated when he saw it written that Peter Warrick's 31-yard punt return in the fourth quarter ended when he slipped on the grass and fell, and that it would have gone for a TD otherwise. Cowher made note of the 40-yard return Ike Taylor had on the opening kickoff for the Steelers that ended in similar fashion. The Bengals' Brandon Bennett also slipped and fell after returning a kickoff 33 yards.

"Of all three returns, that was the one," Cowher said. "Those other guys were going to get tackled. He was not going to get tackled. So that turf did save them a touchdown."



Coach aims for biggest rebound
Friends worried: Will Bob make it?

Miami 42, UC 37
Ohio St. 20, Northwestern 0
Florida 24, Kentucky 21
Bearcats bracing for a dogfight
UC-MU telecast falls victim to labor strike in Oxford
Bucks' second season begins
Gators hope freshman QB gets offense firing again
Louisville's start more than luck to Petrino
Big off-field changes coming in college football
Irish mum about starting QB
Top 25 games today

Battle of Ohio cooling down
Isolation booth: Braham vs. Davis
Bengals' keys to victory
Dillon ready to run against Browns, but Schobel doubtful
NFL notebook

Injured athlete voted homecoming king
Hughes 12, Western Hills 7
Colerain 51, L. West 0
Danville 26, Highlands 25
Elder 49, Covington Catholic 21
Anderson 42, Glen Este 28
Beechwood 62, Ludlow 14
Reading 28, Madeira 12
Clinton-Massie 25, Batavia 20
Shroder Paideia 22, Aiken 18
Your 'Audible': Kings 49, Norwood 43 (3 OT)
Roundup: Ohio's other games
Roundup: Kentucky's other games
Scores, how poll teams fared
Friday's results
Today's schedule
Predict the winners
'Call An Audible'

Saturday's Game: Reds 4, Expos 2
Friday's Game: Expos 5, Reds 1
Reds interview Minaya today for GM post
Notes: Reith gets to take starting shot
Robinson touched by statue
Sound off in our Barry Larkin poll
24 photo gallery of Larkin's career
Family too busy for Clemens' finale
NL: Wild-card berth belongs to Marlins
AL: Tigers edge closer to infamous mark

Hamm's final World Cup shaping up to be her best
Americans excelling at set pieces in World Cup

Sadler claims pole at Talladega

Armour holds slim lead in Texas

Crafty Shaw attempts to repeat today at Turfway

Sports on TV, radio

Return to Bengals front page...