Bengals Running Back Brian Leonard's Status for Steelers Game a Little Fuzzy

Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com wrote some information regarding the injury status of players coming out of Sunday's game versus the Titans. Initially, running back Brian Leonard surprisingly was pointed out by head coach Marvin Lewis as suffering a knee injury. When Hobson first spoke to Lewis about this injury, it was given the appearance that Leonard's status for Sunday's game against the Steelers was "in doubt".

This is a scary injury because Leonard is a key third and fourth down staple, who routinely finds a way to get the crucial yards for the first down. But, Hobson later wrote that Lewis felt better about having Leonard available on Sunday and Leonard himself said he's "OK" and the knee injury was simply a "tweak".

Also on the injury front are the statuses of three key starters. Carlos Dunlap suffered a hamstring injury against the Titans and said that his hamstring "felt better than Sunday", but the results of tests on the hamstring haven't been made fully public yet. Tight end Jermaine Gresham, who has missed the past two games with his own hamstring injury, is "hopeful" that he'll be able to play on Sunday. Add to this that Donald Lee, who has been filling in for Gresham, has a sprained foot that's now in a boot and that position group is looking scary thin at the moment. Lastly, linebacker Rey Maualuga has begun running on his own and "hopes to do individual drills Wednesday", but who knows just how promising that situation is.

In this important divisional game on Sunday, it's critical that the Bengals get most, if not all of these players back. The Steelers unexpectedly got linebacker James Harrison back last week and could be getting his counterpart back in LaMarr Woodley. Obviously, both teams need as many players healthy as possible.

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