Bengals safeties Crocker, Williams out; Benson hurt

UPDATE: Benson returned to the game to start the second half.

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The Bengals had any easy time with the Bills during the first half in Cincinnati, but they lost both starting safeties in the process.

Chris Crocker suffered a right knee injury during the second quarter, had to be carted off the field and will not return. He twisted the knee while making a tackle on Bills RB Fred Jackson, and he couldn’t put any weight on the leg.

Starting SS Roy Williams was ruled out after suffering a concussion earlier in the game. He also was injured in a collision with Jackson.

It looks like the Bengals will go with a combination of Chinedum Ndukwe, Reggie Nelson and Rico Murray at safety for the rest of the game.

The Bengals also played most of the second quarter without RB Cedric Benson, whom the team announced was questionable to return because of an eye problem. Benson was having a big game (87 total yards and a touchdown) before being sidelined and replaced by Bernard Scott, who was unable to capitalize on two attempts from the 1-yard line just before the half ended.

It doesn’t look like Crocker or Williams will be back, but we’ll monitor Benson’s status.

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