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Cincinnati Bengals were expecting Jermaine Gresham to play after he "looked great running around"

Tight end Jermaine Gresham hurt his toe during practice this week and missed Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns. The Bengals thought he "looked great running around" and believed that he would play. But he didn't.

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According to Alex Marvez with Fox Sports, the Cincinnati Bengals believed that tight end Jermaine Gresham was going to play Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.

A source told FOX Sports that the Bengals were expecting Gresham to play in Sunday's 30-0 victory over Cleveland. That sentiment was reinforced Sunday when Gresham "looked great running around" during a pre-game workout, the source said. Gresham, though, was declared inactive to miss his first game of the season.

This is the first game that Gresham has missed this season with Ryan Hewitt and Kevin Brock replacing him. Gresham's name showed up as a limited participant on the team's injury report Thursday. He missed Friday's session with a toe and was listed as questionable. Cincinnati wanted to conduct a pregame workout to see how the toe responded.

According to Fox Sports, Gresham will see a toe specialist on Tuesday to seek a second opinion.

Following Cincinnati's 30-0 win over the Browns, Bengals radio analyst Dave Lapham was interrupted by Gresham during an interview with head coach Marvin Lewis. Most of the confrontation was inaudible, but Alan Cutler, the host of the postgame show said that Gresham took exception to pregame comments made by Lapham on the radio.

With two games remaining on the season, Gresham has generated 378 yards receiving on 50 receptions but with a career-low 7.6 yard average per attempt. On the other hand, his blocking is significantly improved. Pro Football Focus graded Gresham as the league's best pass blocker among tight ends and 15th-best run blocker.