Chance Chad Ochocinco Will Play Against Baltimore In Regular Season Finale

Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco reportedly struggled with his injured foot tightening up the point that he couldn't play through it against San Diego. Therefore he sat and watched Jerome Simpson's explosion, possibly worried that the young wide receiver was convincing the Bengals that they don't need to pick up Chad's option. One one hand, the Brown family needs to scrape pennies from underneath cushions on the couch because of free agents like Cedric Benson and Johnathan Joseph. On the other hand part two, they may figure that they need a veteran wide receiver and keeping Chad will only cost the team $2.5 million, which added to the $3.5 million that Chad gets anyway if he leaves for free agency.

Chad's uncertain future, and his inability to play the final game at Paul Brown Stadium this season, drives the speculation that the veteran receiver may have played his final game in Cincinnati as a Cincinnati Bengal, even though he wants to remain in Cincinnati.

Either way, that's all for another day.

There's still a chance that Chad could play the final game of the year against the Baltimore Ravens, according to Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis.

"He should have an opportunity to be back this week. We'll see. He practiced on Friday. He’s no worse for the wear, obviously not playing in the game on Sunday."

Even if Chad is active, you have to believe that his playing time will be limited. Against the Cleveland Browns -- during the week that he was diagnosed with bone spurs -- Ochocinco only played half of the team's 72 offensive snaps. And at the rate the Bengals need to develop their younger wide receivers, one has to expect that the Bengals won't sacrifice their youth's playing time for a sentimental send off Ochocinco, if he isn't expected to return in 2011.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Cincy Jungle

You must be a member of Cincy Jungle to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cincy Jungle. You should read them.

Join Cincy Jungle

You must be a member of Cincy Jungle to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cincy Jungle. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker