SEATTLE - OCTOBER 30: Chris Pressley #36 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs the ball against the Seattle Seahawks on October 30, 2011 at Century Link Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
For the third straight day this week, Chris Pressley, the Cincinnati Bengals' fullback didn't practice because of a knee injury suffered late in the team's Week 14 loss to the Houston Texans. He's listed as questionable for Sunday's game in St. Louis against the Rams but due to the fact that Marvin Lewis doesn't usually play people who missed an entire week of practice, it's more than likely that Pressley will miss the team's Week 15 game.
He's picking a good game to miss, too. The Rams have the worst run defense in the league, giving up an average of 156 yards per game, but that doesn't mean that they'll go without a fullback throughout the game. According to The Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy, the Bengals may look to the team's fourth running back, Cedric Peerman, or they could turn to a tight end to fill the role.
With Pressley unlikely to go, Cedric Peerman could get the call or the Bengals could use a page from last year’s playbook and use a tight end with Donald Lee, Colin Cochart and Jermaine Gresham splitting time.
Peerman's 211 pounds falls short of Pressley's 256 but it would give Dalton a new option out of the backfield. A tight end is more like Pressley's weight and would be better suited to block a defensive lineman or linebacker but they would lack Peerman's speed.
Another option could have been Brian Leonard but he missed the entire week of practice as well and it's more than likely that he'll be with Pressley on the sidelines. We'll have to wait and see who the Bengals place in front of Cedric Benson to open holes in the running game and protect Andy Dalton.