Coming off a big win against the defending Super Bowl champions, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis knows this is no time for his players to get overconfident.
So, starting Wednesday, Lewis had his equipment manager work overtime to order enough nameless jerseys for every player to practice in this week, writes the Cincinnati Enquirer. The message, Lewis said, is buying into selflessness.
“It doesn’t matter what your name and number is, its football and focus on what your assignments are,” Lewis said. ”It’s just where we are right now and what we have ahead of us. It’s important as we go forward.”
Some more notes from around the web:
- WR Wes Welker was typically mum about the nagging knee injury that has kept him out of the Patriots’ last two games, but did indicate that the injury is improving and that the training staff is trying to get Welker to a point where he can return for good.
- The return of Marshawn Lynch from a three-game suspension, combined with the surprisingly strong play of Fred Jackson should be a good thing for the Bills offense. The question is, can it stay on the field long enough to utilize both backs?
- The Seahawks defense will change things up against the Colts Sunday, moving to hand signals so as not to tip off Peyton Manning.
- Titans center Kevin Mawae is one player concerned by the recent University of Michigan study that found a higher rate of Alzheimer’s disease and other memory problems among retired professional football players.