Good morning from Paul Brown Stadium where the 7-5 Bengals face the 9-3 Texans in what head coach Marvin Lewis is calling the most important of his NFL coaching career.
Nate Clements will be active for the game after practicing on Friday. How well he will fare due to the hamstring injury which he suffered last Thursday remains to be seen. However OT Andre Smith (ankle) and RB Brian Leonard (knee) are inactive. Smith suffered his ankle injury during the second quarter of last Sunday’s loss at Pittsburgh and Leonard showed up on the injury report on Thursday as limited and didn’t practice on Friday. Anthony Collins, who played well in place of Smith last week, will start for Smith. It is Collins’ first start since the Colts game last season and the 17th of his four-year career.
For the Texans, Andre Johnson is inactive due to a hamstring injury and Jacoby Jones will get the start.
Bengals – S Robert Sands, RB Brian Leonard, LB Dontay Moch, OG Clint Boling, OT Andre Smith, W...