Behind Enemy Lines: Ochocinco won't come to Baltimore

December 30, 2010|By Joe Reedy | Cincinnati Enquirer

Marvin Lewis held out some faint hope that Chad Ochocinco might be ready to go in Sunday's regular-season finale against Baltimore, but the receiver said on Thursday that he will miss the game and not make the trip.

"The Ravens are the Ravens. They always have a great defense but we'll be fine. Jerome (Simpson) will be fine," Ochocinco said.

Ochocinco did have some glowing words for Simpson, who had six receptions for124 yards and two touchdowns in last Sunday's win over San Diego.

"He hasn't come out of nowhere. He hasn't had the opportunity to play and show what he can do," said Ochocinco of Simpson. "He's really good. He can jump out of the gym. Great hands, speed. The whole nine yards. He's a better blocker than I am times … It's night and day when it comes to blocking. That's something that he adds to the X position that I've never been able to do."

Ochocinco did say that the offseason ankle surgery will be performed after he returns from an overseas trip. He finishes the season with 67 receptions for 831 yards and four touchdowns. Since 2002, when he became the starter here, the receptions and yards are the second-lowest he has had in a year and the touchdowns tie for the lowest.

If this is indeed the end of Ochocinco's career in Cincinnati his numbers are: 151 games, 751 receptions, 10,783 yards, 66 touchdowns and 31 100-yard games.

Cornerback Johnathan Joseph also will not practice today due to an ankle injury that has bothered him since the Tampa Bay game and caused him to miss four games. Depending on the health of Jonathan Wade, who was missed the last two games due to a knee injury, Keiwan Ratliff could get his first NFL start since 2008 when he was Indianapolis. Ratliff, who was resigned here two weeks ago, has made eight starts in 53 games during three different tenures with the Bengals. In 75 total NFL games, he has made 12 starts.

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