CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 11: Montario Hardesty #31 of the Cleveland Browns runs the ball by defensive end Robert Geathers #91 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the season opener at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
In speaking to media on Wednesday, Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis addressed a lot of different topics. They ranged from his feelings about safety Taylor Mays, being pleased with certain role players, to updates on the injury front. Two injured defensive players, who have been out of action the past few weeks, were addressed specifically by Lewis.
Rookie linebacker Dontay Moch broke a bone in his foot in the first preseason game this season and has not seen the field since. Moch was drafted in the third round this year, in hopes that his excellent speed would boost the Bengals' pass rush. According to Lewis, Moch could practice later this week and maybe play against the Buffalo Bills this Sunday. If Moch does end up playing this week, it would be right inside of the initial diagnosis of an eight-week recovery timeframe. He was seen practicing on the side again today.
Defensive end Robert Geathers has been battling a shoulder injury that he sustained in the week one victory against the Cleveland Browns. He has since been flip-flopping between being questionable and doubtful during the last two week's of practices. He didn't suit up in the two losses against the Broncos or 49ers, but according to Lewis earlier today, Geathers also could get back on the practice field later this week. A little while after Lewis made his prediction, Geathers was spotted back on the field, practicing with the team.
Having both Geathers and Moch back would only add to the defense's strong showing through the first three weeks of the season. As we mentioned in an earlier post, the Bengals currently have the No.3 overall defense in the NFL.