Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said that while Bullock will play Sunday against the Browns, the team isn't necessarily committed to the kicker for the rest of the season, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.
Lewis acknowledged that the accuracy issues Mike Nugent endured before being cut late last season may have affected his patience with Bullock, who hasn't been quite as reliable as the team hoped. In addition to missing one game with a back injury, Bullock has connected on eight of 10 field-goal tries -- with none of those attempts coming from 50-plus yards -- and has missed two of his 20 extra-point attempts this season. A matchup with the winless Browns should provide more scoring opportunities than usual for Bullock, but any missed kicks he has during the contest could further loosen his job security.
Carradine (ankle) is expected to be activated from injured reserve ahead of Sunday's game against the Seahawks, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Carradine has been practicing for two weeks now and appears to be recovering well from the high-ankle sprain that has sidelined him for the last seven contests. Assuming Carradine endures no setbacks during the week, he'll likely be activated and could immediately challenge for a starting role Sunday. At the very least, Carradine should be firmly in the mix of a defensive-end rotation that already includes Solomon Thomas (knee), Leger Douzable, Ronald Blair, Elvis Dumervil, Cassius Marsh and Aaron Lynch.
Carroll's pronouncement comes one day after the coach said that it was "unlikely" to suit up in Week 12. Given that Davis didn't take part in the team's walk-through Wednesday while recovering from the pulled groin, it would seem he's trending toward sitting out the divisional matchup, but his activity level Thursday and Friday will prove more telling for his status. Davis, who was promoted from the practice squad prior to Monday's loss to the Falcons, immediately saw heavy involvement in his season debut before exiting the contest with the injury, finishing the night with 59 total yards on eight touches (two receptions).
Shead has been on the Physically Unable to Perform list all season while recovering from a torn ACL suffered in the playoffs back in January. Once Shead resumes practicing, the Seahawks will have a 21-day window in which to activate him to the 53-man roster. The Seahawks could benefit from Shead's return, given that Richard Sherman (Achilles) is out for the season and Shaquil Griffin is recovering from a concussion.
Griffin, who exited the Seahawks' loss to the Falcons on Monday with the head injury, didn't participate in practice Wednesday and looks like he won't have enough time to pass through all phases of the protocol before the weekend. since Griffin was recently appointed as the Seahawks' new No. 1 cornerback following Richard Sherman's season-ending Achilles injury, the team will be rather thin in the secondary Week 12. Look for Jeremy Lane and Byron Maxwell to serve as the team's starting corners against San Francisco.
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