Cincinnati Tuesday Tidbits

Tuesday news and notes on the Cincinnati Bengals.

Corey Dillon says his right knee -- hyper-extended against the Raiders -- is fine. So is his ego.
   Dillon said he is happy for the Ravens' Jamal Lewis, who ran for 295 yards Sunday against the Browns to break Dillon's three-year-old mark of 278 yards.
   "I'm satisfied with what I got," said Dillon, who holds the marks for second and ninth most rushing yards in a single game. "I'm pretty darn proud of that. But we're not going to take any shine away from him and his ball club. He's doing well. There will never be any animosity from me. Records are meant to be broken. I never hung my hat on that. That won't define my career."
   Dillon, who will play Sunday against the Steelers, said wants to define his career in two ways -- with a Super Bowl win and to finish in the top five of rushing totals.
   "Winning a Super Bowl, but winning one after another," he said, "and get me up there with the upper echelon of rushing yards with some of the top backs, the upper five, that would do it for me."
   The top five career NFL rushers are Emmitt Smith, Walter Payton, Barry Sanders, Eric Dickerson and Tony Dorsett, who has 12,739 yards.
   "So, I mean, no one game will define me," Dillon said. "I've had some of the greatest games (two of top nine) on that list. Two is better than one. I'm not disappointed. I would be disappointed if I was resting my career on that record. I'd be heartbroken. I forgot about that in 2000."
   Lewis and Dillon will meet Oct. 19 when the Ravens visit Cincinnati.
   "I'm glad somebody broke it because I got tired of it," Dillon said. "I got tired of people asking about it. At some point, people expect you to go and get 278 every game. It kind of wears on you."
   -- WR Chad Johnson has 226 receiving yards after two games, a pace that will get him - barely - to his goal of 1,800 yards. If Johnson continues to average 113 yards a game, he would finish the 16-game schedule with 1,808 yards. Johnson had eight catches for 131 yards at Oakland, and his 14 receptions rank him in a three-way tie for seventh in the NFL. His 226 yards are fifth in the league.
   -- K Shayne Graham has made all three of his field goal attempts, and his kickoffs Sunday were high and deep enough to help the kickoff coverage team keep Oakland out of great field position.
   -- SS Rogers Beckett has moved into the starting role at that position, even though he was not on the field for the first play against the Raiders. The Bengals opened in the nickel with two free safeties and three cornerbacks.
   -- DT Oliver Gibson has played well in both games since returning from a torn Achilles tendon. The depth of the line is much better.

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