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Marvin Lewis: Bengals won't try out kickers; Grim update on Marvin Jones

The odds of Bengals receiver Marvin Jones playing vs. the Colts are between slim and none.

Joe Robbins

The Bengals aren't ready to give up on kicker Mike Nugent just yet, nor should they be. Nugent has made far more clutch kicks than he's missed, though all anyone can remember now is the chip-shot he missed Sunday vs. the Panthers.

Regardless, Marvin Lewis said Monday that the Bengals won't be trying out kickers this week as the team prepares for a red-hot Colts team. Kicking in a dome should be no problem for Nugent.

Just last year, he hit a 54-yarder to beat the Lions in Detroit as time expired. Domes are easier to kick in, so if Nugent is struggling this week, it may be time to start looking at other kickers.

As for starting wide receiver Marvin Jones, the odds of him playing Sunday are between slim and none. Lewis said Monday he is not seeing any progress from Jones in returning. To say that about an injury that is now two weeks old is grim for Jones' chances at playing anytime soon.

The Bengals did originally say that the ankle injury was unrelated to the previous foot injury. It doesn't help that Lewis offered this update just after reports surfaced that the Bengals were considering surgery for Jones' latest injury.

After breaking his fifth metatarsal during training camp, Jones suffered an ankle injury two weeks ago as he was making his return to practice. He managed to get a full session in before injuring ankle.

This is sadly starting to look like a lost season for Jones. The good news for him is this is just his third year in the NFL. Next year will be his contract year, and that's when he'll need to stay healthy and produce to get the big contract he deserves.