Hold the mustard, Bengals' Lewis tells Ochocinco

NFL Notes

November 12, 2009|By From Sun news services

Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis has put the kibosh on the condiments.

Receiver Chad Ochocinco tweeted this week that he was going to send mustard to the Pittsburgh Steelers before their game Sunday at Heinz Field, a way of whipping up interest in the AFC North showdown.

On Wednesday, the receiver backed down. No mustard will be headed up the Ohio River.

"Unfortunately, I wasn't able to send anything this week, thanks to Marvin Lewis," Ochocinco said. "That's the way to spoil the fun, boss man. I guess I have to talk trash to motivate myself this week."

Ochocinco sent deodorant last week to some Ravens, who came to Cincinnati and lost, 17-7, on Sunday, saying that was the only thing that could cover him. He planned to make another shipment this week to Heinz Field that played off the condiment theme.

"I got a nice present for the Steelers - sending them some mustard since they'll never ketchup when we play Sunday," he tweeted earlier this week.

REDSKINS: Still feeling the effects of a concussion suffered Sunday, running back Clinton Portis was hardly his vivacious, loquacious self when he met with coach Jim Zorn on Wednesday and probably will miss Sunday's game against the Broncos.

"I don't want to rule him out, but it's very doubtful that he's going to play," Zorn said.

He then added, in response to a reporter's question: "I would say 'very, very doubtful.' "

Portis ranks eighth in the NFC with 494 rushing yards. Ladell Betts likely would start in his place.

In other news, strong safety Chris Horton had toe surgery Wednesday and was put on injured reserve, ending his season.

VIKINGS: Quarterback Brett Favre said he believes he'll be fine despite suffering a pulled groin muscle in practice while rolling out during a drill two weeks ago and aggravating it in pre-game warm-ups at Green Bay on Nov. 1.

"It was a concern for the game. I made it through. With a week's rest, I think I'll be fine," Favre said.

EAGLES: Cornerback Joselio Hanson was suspended four games by the NFL for violating the league's drug policy.

Hanson's attorney, David Cornwell, said in a statement that Hanson did not use steroids but tested positive for a diuretic after last year's NFC title game against the Cardinals.

BILLS: Wide receiver Terrell Owens missed practice because of a strained hip.

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