Cincinnati running back Cedric Benson, a key figure in the club’s surprising 7-2 record, appears unlikely to play after missing his second consecutive practice Thursday, according to the NFL Network.
Raiders coach Tom Cable, based on his response about Benson during his Thursday press briefing, is probably not surprised.
“ I think he’s a tough, physical guy that’s quick. He runs so hard but what he is is real quick, a cutback runner,” Cable said. “How much we’ll see of him is yet to be known but he’s a guy that you have to stay behind him because he’ll cut the ball back on you.”
Coaches normally assume a player will play, avoiding at all the suggestion they might not.
It remains to be seen how much the Bengals will turn to recently-signed Larry Johnson if Benson is out.