Corey Dillon took swipes at the Paul Brown Stadium grass that he said is responsible for his strained groin and at those (especially in the media) who are suggesting that Dillon might be beginning to show the wear and tear of six-plus years in the NFL.
Making himself increasingly available
to media, Dillon said his foot gave way on the loose Paul Brown Stadium grass
when he made a cut Sunday, causing his injury.
"As you can see,
that field is terrible," Dillon said. "I planted my foot in that grass, it gave
away, aggravated my groin."
Dillon hurt the groin on a 6-yard
run with 10:30 left in the second quarter of what would be a 17-10 loss to the
Steelers. One play later, Dillon ran for one yard, his seventh carry for a total
of 26 yards.
"Could I have gone out there and done some more?"
he said. "I don't know. It didn't feel too good. You've got to think, `Hey, man,
this is a long season. If I go back out there and tear it due just to the
surface of that field, I'd be an idiot, I'd be a fool, I'd be putting my own
career in jeopardy, and that's something I'm never going to do."
Dillon has rushed 40 times for 144 yards in three games. He carried only three
times in the second half of Game 2 at Oakland because of a hyper-extended knee.
He was limited to seven carries for 26 yards against the Steelers. He said the
Bengals might have had a chance to win had he been able to play the whole
In six-plus NFL seasons, covering 97 games and a streak of
51 consecutive starts, he has rushed 1,767 times with 184
"Let's not get this twisted. I'm healthy. I'm fine,"
Dillon said. "Minor injuries here and there. Nothing. Believe me, if it takes
away from who I am and how I play, I'd retire tomorrow. But that's not the case.
When I'm in there, I'm effective. I'm getting yards."
said no one is asking Rams running back Marshall Faulk, out four to six weeks
with a broken hand, if he is slowing down.
"Just some freak
accidents here and there," Dillon said of the injuries. "Somebody fell on my leg
in Oakland. (Then) the field was crappy. It has absolutely nothing to do with my
talent and ability. Never. Ever. As soon as I think I can't do it, this locker
would be clean."
-- LB Riall Johnson (calf strain) said he would
be out 2-3 weeks, depending on results of an MRI.
-- WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh (hamstring) is expected to miss one more week, Lewis
-- RB Rudi Johnson (thigh) is expected to play at
Cleveland. Lewis said he would be a key player if Dillon is unable to
-- TE Matt Schobel (hamstring) is doubtful for the
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