Three Receivers in Boots

WR/PR Antonio Chatman (Getty Images)

It's never a good sign when a football player is wearing a protective boot on either of his foot. It's even worse when you've got three players from the same position group with the same footwear on, as was the case for the Bengals Wednesday with wide receivers Antonio Chatman, Andre Caldwell and Jerome Simpson.

They are three of the four wide receivers appearing on the Bengals official injury report as the team began preparing for Sunday's game at Houston against the Texans. Caldwell will not play due to a foot injury suffered while returning a kickoff in last Sunday's 38-10 loss against Pittsburgh, while Chatman (ankle) and Simpson (ankle) are both listed as simply not practicing on Wednesday. Head coach Marvin Lewis said the latter two players still have a chance to be available against the Texans.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh also did not practice due to an ankle injury but his condition is not considered as serious.

"I'm trying to go out there and prove I need to be on the field and out there making plays, and something like this happens," said Caldwell this week. "But I'm going to stay strong and come back better than I was."

Caldwell, the team's third-round pick this year out of Florida, returned three kickoffs against the Steelers for an average of 29.3 yards. He was subbing in for regular returner Glenn Holt, who was out injured. Holt returned to practice on Wednesday and is expected to resume his duties.

Other Bengals who didn't practice on Wednesday: QB Carson Palmer (elbow), CB Jamar Fletcher (hamstring), S Kyries Hebert (ankle), CB David Jones (knee), TE Nate Lawrie (back) and LB Corey Mays (ankle). Two players were limited in practice: DE Frostee Rucker and TE Ben Utecht.

GRAHAM BACK KICKING – Shayne Graham returned to his normal kicking routine this week after missing the last two games with a sore right groin. Dave Rayner was used during Graham's absence but the Bengals released Rayner this week.

"Obviously with the release of Dave Rayner, we feel Shayne Graham will be back and ready to resume his duties this week," said head coach Marvin Lewis.

RETURN OF REAGAN – The Bengals announced Wednesday that they have re-signed fullback Reagan Maui'a to the 53-man roster. Maui'a, a second-year player from Hawaii, had been with the team for the first five games of the season but was released on Oct. 11 in a move to create space on the roster. Maui'a played against the Giants and Cleveland.

The Bengals also announced that wide receiver Maurice Purify has been re-signed to the practice squad. Purify is a rookie from Nebraska who spent the first three weeks of the season on the practice squad before being released.

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