Bengals player notes

Bengals lose starting free safety to shoulder injury; linebacker may not play

Bengals starting free safety Madieu Williams has had surgery on his shoulder, presumably to repair a torn labrum.

Williams, an outstanding run defender, is out for Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers and was demoted to third-string on the team's depth chart this week. Without Williams playing, Jacksonville rushed for 181 yards and Pittsburgh 221 against the Bengals.

Kevin Kaesviharn, who was in Green Bay's training camp in 2001, is now the starter at free safety, with Reggie Myles moving up to No. 2 at that position. Ifeanyi Ohalete is the new starter at strong safety, and Anthony Mitchell is listed as his backup.

-- LB David Pollack (knee) is questionable, though he is now listed as the starter ahead of Landon Johnson at strong-side linebacker. Pollack did not participate in practice Wednesday or Thursday and has, by his own admission, not played as well as he would have liked so far.

-- C Eric Ghiaciuc (ankle) is questionable, and his absence leaves the Bengals thin in the middle of the offensive line. If starter Rich Braham were to get hurt, left guard Eric Steinbach would have to move over to center.

-- WR Tab Perry (back) is questionable, missing Wednesday and Thursday's practices. He leads the team with a 24-yard average on kickoff returns, and if he were limited, it would force either running back Chris Perry or wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh to return kickoffs.

-- WR Chad Johnson has caught a pass in 51 consecutive games but remains well short of the franchise record of 93 in a row by Carl Pickens (1993-99). Peter Warrick caught a pass in 64 consecutive games (2000-2004). He is now with Seattle.

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