Besides having to deal with a new right side of the offensive line, the Bengals' running game might be further behind the eight ball if Chris Pressley and Brian Leonard can't play Sunday at St. Louis. Both have knee injuries.
Pressley, who has started at fullback in all 13 games, has been one of the reasons why the running game has slightly improved this season. It has meant that Cedric Benson is averaging a half a yard better per carry.
Leonard did not play in last week's loss to Houston due to a bruised knee. His presence was especially felt on third downs as the Bengals were just 5-of-13. Leonard played with the Rams for two seasons before being traded to the Bengals in 2009.
If Pressley can't play, there is a good chance that Cedric Peerman would see time at fullback. Peerman has not taken a snap in the backfield this year but is a physical player. He leads the team in special teams tackles with 12.
The running game will be a huge factor going into the Rams game. St. Louis i...