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Bengals' Palmer Likely Out

By Mark Maske
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, December 16, 2004; Page D03

The Cincinnati Bengals probably will be without quarterback Carson Palmer for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills.

Palmer said during a news conference yesterday that the knee injury that knocked him out of last Sunday's loss to the New England Patriots likely will keep him sidelined this weekend, but he expects to play in the Bengals' final two games. Coach Marvin Lewis did not rule out the possibility of Palmer playing against the Bills, but backup Jon Kitna probably will get the starting nod.

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Kitna was the starter last season but had not played this season until Palmer got hurt last weekend. Kitna completed 9 of 13 passes, with one touchdown and one interception, against the Patriots.

Around the League

Detroit Lions Coach Steve Mariucci indicated that Joey Harrington will remain the club's starter at quarterback, after having left open the possibility earlier in the week of making a switch to Mike McMahon. . . . The Lions placed linebacker Boss Bailey on the injured reserve list. He has not played all season after undergoing knee surgery in August. . . . The Minnesota Vikings placed linebacker Raonall Smith on the IR list because of the lingering effects of a series of concussions. . . .

The Vikings reportedly are contemplating asking Coach Mike Tice to extend the Jan. 1 deadline for the team to decide whether to exercise its option in Tice's contract. The Vikings' regular season finale is Jan. 2 against the Redskins. Owner Red McCombs said Monday that he would not make a decision regarding the option until after the season, but the language in Tice's contract precludes that. The Vikings allowed that to be the deadline when they negotiated the contract because they believed that date would come after the regular season, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.


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