Benson might play against Browns

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer

CINCINNATI (AP) Bengals running back Cedric Benson is expected to practice this week and might play Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, a team he ran over last year.

Benson sat out a 20-17 loss in Oakland last Sunday with strained hip muscles. Coach Marvin Lewis said Wednesday that Benson "seems to be very close" to getting back onto the field.

Rookie backup Bernard Scott is expected to get a lot of carries against Cleveland, even if Benson is able to start. Larry Johnson also could see more time on the field in his second game since he signed with Cincinnati.

Last year, Benson carried a career-high 38 times for 171 yards in a game against the Browns.

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