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Bengals have new weapon in speedy WR John Ross

Posted Sep 22, 2017

Packers' injury situation won't have much clarity until Saturday


GREEN BAY -- A.J. Green is the first receiver who comes to mind when the Cincinnati Bengals are mentioned, but they've got a rookie in John Ross who jumps off the film, too.

Ross set the NFL Scouting Combine record by running a 4.22 in the 40-yard dash, and the Bengals drafted him No. 9 overall in the first round out of the University of Washington, the same school Packers' top pick Kevin King attended.

Ross has only touched the ball once in Cincinnati's first two games, gaining 12 yards on a running play. But the Packers are wary the Bengals and new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor could try to get the speedster more involved, though Ross is on the injury report with a knee injury. He was listed as a limited participant in Wednesday's practice but did not practice Thursday. (Update: Ross has been ruled out for the game on the Bengals' Friday injury report.)

"He's dynamic," Head Coach Mike McCarthy said on Friday. "It goes to the point early in the week, we're playing against guys we haven't played before, and he's new to the league. Watching him go through college, his college tape, he's definitely someone we figure they'll try to get the ball to, and get him in space."

There was no real news on the Packers' extensive injury situation Friday morning. McCarthy said WR Randall Cobb (shoudler) and DT Mike Daniels (hip), who are among several players who haven't practiced this week, could be given all the way up until Sunday to determine if they're able to play.

CB Davon House (quad), T David Bahktiari (hamstring), S Kentrell Brice (groin), and LB Jake Ryan (hamstring/concussion) are also among the group that hasn't practiced. The Packers have one more on-field workout, on Saturday, prior to Sunday's 3:25 p.m. CT kickoff.

"Our practice lineup tomorrow will tell the story," McCarthy said. "It'll clear up for us tomorrow."

LB Nick Perry had surgery on his injured hand, but McCarthy said he still doesn't have a timeline for a potential return. WR Jordy Nelson (quad) continues to progress and is expected to practice on Saturday, while rookie DT Montravius Adams (foot) and veteran LB Ahmad Brooks (concussion) have been full participants in practice and could be in line for their first significant action of the season.

Brooks' experience in the Packers' defensive system from all his years in San Francisco makes him a natural plug-in for Perry opposite Clay Matthews. Brooks was injured early in Week 1 but all signs point to him playing a significant role on Sunday.

"Whether playing the elephant or outside linebacker, he has the ability to play both," McCarthy said of Brooks. "He'll play more this weekend."

 
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