Bengals Mid-Week Wrap

Practice notes and team news heading into week three of the 2003 NFL season.

-- Peter Warrick's 109 receiving yards against the tied a career high and was his second 100-yard game in four seasons. Warrick had eight catches, including an 8-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter that tied the game at 20. He had a long of 30 yards. Teammate Chad Johnson had 131 yards on eight catches.
   "It shows how good we can be," Warrick said. Warrick had 109 yards on 10 receptions on Dec. 30, 2001, against Pittsburgh.
   -- Jon Kitna's 303-yard passing effort was his fourth 300-yard game in two-plus seasons with the Bengals and the fourth of his career.
   --For the second consecutive week, Rich Braham will start at center in place of Mike Goff, with Goff moving to right guard in place of Matt O'Dwyer. Goff played the first and third quarters and O'Dwyer the second and fourth in Oakland, and the rotation worked well. The play of the offensive line was much improved compared to the opener.
   -- WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh (hamstring) is out for a third consecutive week. His absence puts pressure on rookie Kelley Washington to improve his production as the third receiver.
   -- LB Riall Johnson (calf) is out, removing a smart, dependable special teams player from the lineup.
   -- RB Rudi Johnson (thigh) is questionable. If Corey Dillon is again limited, the Bengals would like to share carries between Johnson and backup Brandon Bennett.
   -- G Victor Leyva (chest) is questionable. Leyva adds depth to the interior of the line that was bad in the opener but good last week.
   -- TE Matt Schobel (hamstring) is questionable. His possible loss would remove the team's best pass-catching tight end with the speed to stretch the middle of the field.
   -- RB Corey Dillon (knee) is probable. Dillon did not practice Wednesday but said he will be fine for the Steelers. As good as the Bengals backup running backs are, they're not Dillon, a necessity to establish a run game Sunday.
   -- ROT Willie Anderson (hamstring) is not listed on the injury report but is day-to-day. His experience and savvy are important if the Bengals hope to slow Pittsburgh's pass rush and establish any kind of a running game.

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