Terence Newman's injury not believed to be season-ending

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals cornerback Terence Newman suffered a fourth quarter knee injury but it's unknown when he'll return.

At some point in the fourth quarter, the team announced that cornerback Terence Newman would not return to the game with a knee injury. Following Sunday's 42-28 win over the Indianapolis Colts, Newman appeared in the locker room sporting a pair of crutches in what was one of the debbie downer moments after Cincinnati's euphoric victory against another division leader.

According to Bengals.com, "Indications are" that Newman's left knee injury is "not a season-ender" but he'll likely miss time and considering there's only three games remaining, perhaps the Bengals are looking to bring Newman back during the postseason.

Cincinnati heads to Pittsburgh this weekend for Sunday Night Football then return home for a two-game homestand against the Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens -- and provided the Bengals win the AFC North, a third straight home game.

The Bengals have options, including the promotion of Dre Kirkpatrick into a starting role with Brandon Ghee playing the slot (or vice versa). There's always a shot that rookie Shawn Williams could step in at safety for George Iloka (who suffered a head injury but could return this week against the Steelers), leaving Crocker in the slot. Considering that Williams has played all of 11 snaps on defense, that might be unlikely.

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