Cedric Benson was limited in Friday’s practice at Paul Brown Stadium, but indications continue to point toward the fifth-year running back possibly being in the lineup for Sunday’s game against Cleveland. Benson suffered a hip flexor injury near the end of the Nov. 8 game against Baltimore and then left during the second quarter the next week against Pittsburgh.
“I think Ced is in a good spot right now and we’ll make that decision on Sunday,” coach Marvin Lewis said.
If Benson, who is listed as questionable on the injury report, does go against the Browns, the bigger question is whether Larry Johnson will be inactive. Lewis has been happy with what Johnson has done in practice. It would be highly doubtful for Lewis to have four running backs on the 45-man gameday roster, meaning that Johnson would get the call over Brian Leonard if he’s active. Leonard has been inactive for two games this year — the Oct. 18 contest against Houston due to a groin injury and the Oct. 25 game against Chicago when they needed to have more defensive linemen instead of backs.