Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham suffered a toe injury at some point during practice this week. Gresham wasn't on the team's injury report Wednesday, was limited on Thursday and sat during Friday's session. At the time, we believed that based on those series of events during practice (with historical comparisons to previous in-week injuries), that Gresham wouldn't play Sunday against the Browns. After pregame warmups, the team included Gresham on the inactive list and he didn't play.
Following Cincinnati's 30-0 win over the Cleveland Browns, Bengals radio analyst Dave Lapham, during an interview with head coach Marvin Lewis, had a momentary spat with Gresham live on 700 WLW. Gresham claimed that Lapham called him out for not playing on Sunday and Gresham took exception to that. Most of what could be heard was Lapham shouting that "we'll play the tape".
One commenter on Lance McAlister's account said:
Gresh accused Lap of saying he "quit". I did not hear Lap use that word choice. #Bengals— Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) December 14, 2014
@TomHarnisch @LanceMcAlister I was listening pregame. Lap said he bailed on his team— Gary Butcher (@CapnButcher) December 14, 2014
Gresh clearly took exception to Lap calling him out for not playing today. #Bengals— Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) December 14, 2014
Honestly, I get why Gresham would be upset. Any one of us would be. My only exception is interrupting a live interview, following a significant 30-0 win over the Cleveland Browns, to air your grievance... especially in a world where players have no issues airing their positions or points of view, without any interruptions from the media "covering each other".
I'm sure this won't be the last we hear about this.