CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 2: Jermaine Gresham #84 of the Cincinnati Bengals hauls in a touchdown pass against George Wilson #87 of the Buffalo Bills during their games on October 2, 2011 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals defeated the Bills 23-20. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
It was somewhat of a surprise that Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham was listed as one of seven inactive players during Cincinnati's 34-12 win over the Seahawks in Seattle. Cincinnati's starting tight end appeared on Friday's injury report with a hamstring, though he was listed as probable. Marvin Lewis said after the game:
“Jermaine got a little tweak on Friday and just went out there (Sunday) and felt like every time he tried open up, he felt it a little bit. He wasn’t comfortable with it. It’s hard to get a guy out there who’s not comfortable. He was going to have to be pushing and shoving on big Red (Bryant), so we wanted to make sure he was able to do that.”
Donald Lee started in Gresham's place, posting three receptions for 44 yards receiving. With 2:33 remaining in the first half, Andy Dalton flipped a third-and-14 screen pass to Donald Lee. With bodies flying around like slow motion during an action movie, Lee found a gap and picked up 14 yards and the first down. On the next play Dalton threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green to give Cincinnati a 17-3 lead.
We don't suspect Gresham's injury to be much more than a day-to-day thing and based on the nature of how it sounds (per reports and Lewis), there stands a good chance Gresham returns against the Tennessee Titans this weekend.