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CINCINNATI (AP)Three cornerbacks injured ... ler-jersey , a linebacker and a running back in concussion protocol. The Bengals paid a price for their acrimonious, season-dooming loss to the Steelers on Monday night at Paul Brown Stadium. What’s left of their roster and their playoff hopes will be on the line Sunday against a Bears team that long ago was ready for hibernation. There will be a lot of empty seats as two teams go at it, looking for one day’s respite. ”This part of the season is a challenge every year, good or bad,” Bears coach John Fox said. ”People remember what you did in December. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the thick of things or not.” When it’s all over, the Bengals (5-7) most likely will remember last Monday night as the worst indignity in another disappointing season. They blew a 17-point lead to their bitter rivals, who pulled one out – yet again – on a last-second field goal for a 23-20 victory . Cincinnati came out of the physical game with significant players hurt, including three cornerbacks, linebacker Vontaze Burfict and running back Joe Mixon. Burfict got a concussion and was carted off the field after receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster leveled him with a blindside block and then stood over him in a taunting pose, drawing a one-game suspension from the NFL. Bengals safety George Iloka initially got a one-game suspension for hitting Antonio Brown in the head on a touchdown catch, but it was rescinded and reduced to a $36,464.50 fine. Although the Bengals aren’t mathematically eliminated – a 5-7 team has reached the playoffs as a wild card in three of the past four seasons – they’re basically running on empty. ”Just win out,” defensive end Carlos Dunlap said. ”We can’t overlook this one.” The Bears (3-9) are in a deep slide as they make only their third visit to Paul Brown Stadium. They’ve lost five in a row, their longest losing streak in a season since they dropped their last five in 2014. They dropped eight straight in 2002. Much of their focus is on rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky Jordan Scarlett Jersey , who is struggling in one of the NFL’s worst offenses and is 2-6 as a starter. He went 12 of 15 for only 102 yards during a 15-14 loss to the 49ers last week, but Fox praised the performance as a step forward. The Bears rank last in total offense, yards passing and passing attempts. ”People have gone through a lot worse, a lot worse seasons and come out on the other side,” said Trubisky, whose passer rating is sixth-worst in the league. ”You try to look at those success stories. You can just always believe you’ll beat the odds.” Some things to watch Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium: DALTON’S INTERCEPTION STREAK: Andy Dalton hasn’t thrown an interception since the Bengals’ 29-14 loss at Pittsburgh on Oct. 22. His streak of six games without an interception ties for second-longest in club history, as does his 176 pass attempts without getting picked off. Neil O’Donnell went seven games and 238 attempts without one in 1998. STEELERS HANGOVER: Another season-crushing loss to the Steelers left the Bengals with only the smallest of playoff chances, and they know it. Several of them called the Monday night game a must-win situation. With one less day to prepare, it’ll be interesting to see how much enthusiasm the Bengals have left. WHO’S AT CORNERBACK: Starters Adam ”Pacman” Jones (groin) and Dre Kirkpatrick (concussion) were hurt in the loss to Pittsburgh, as was Darqueze Dennard (knee). Two safeties also are hurt, so the Bears’ woeful passing game will be facing a secondary that’s patched together. BLOCK OUT: The Bears’ offense took another hit during the week when right guard Kyle Long was placed on injured reserve because of a shoulder injury. The three-time Pro Bowler has also dealt with a finger issue this year and was placed on IR last year because of an ankle injury. The Bears will be missing a key blocker, which doesn’t bode well for Trubisky or Jordan Howard, who has run for 6 and 38 yards the past two games against Philadelphia and San Francisco. WHAT HOME-FIELD ADVANTAGE? The Bengals are only 3-3 at home this season, playing in front of small crowds. Their Monday night game drew 56 David Montgomery Jersey ,029 – many of them Steelers fans – leaving 10,000 empty seats. It’s likely to be worse for the final home games against the Bears and the Lions on Christmas eve. — AP Sports Writer Andrew Seligman in Chicago contributed to this report. — EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mike Hughes has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, ending a promising rookie season after six games.Coach Mike Zimmer confirmed the diagnosis on Monday, after Hughes was hurt in the fourth quarter of Minnesota’s 27-17 win over Arizona on Sunday. Hughes was covering Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald in the slot, when he tripped during a brief tangle of feet with Fitzgerald as he angled off a post route about 10 yards deep. As Hughes tried to keep his balance, his left leg bent sideways as he tumbled in pain to the turf while grabbing his knee.“This has always been a deal where, if somebody gets hurt, everybody else has to continue to step up and play,” Zimmer said. “We feel bad about Mike, because I think Mike is going to be a really good football player. But we’ve got other guys here, and we expect them to come in and do a good job.”Though the Vikings had more pressing needs on the offensive line in the draft, they refused to pass up the potential Hughes presented with the 30th overall selection out of Central Florida . In addition to seeing extensive time in the secondary, Hughes has taken turns returning kickoffs and punts and also played on coverage units.With Mackensie Alexander (ankle) out for the opener against San Francisco ... ley-jersey , Hughes was the slot cornerback in the nickel package and returned an interception of 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo for a touchdown . He has played capably on the outside, too, starting at left cornerback for Trae Waynes (concussion) last week at Philadelphia. Waynes missed the second half of three other games because of injuries, forcing Hughes into unexpected action in those situations as well.With Terence Newman now on the coaching staff, undrafted rookie Holton Hill will move up on the depth chart, with Xavier Rhodes, Waynes and Alexander the top three cornerbacks.“He’s got a lot of great attributes, like toughness, and his skillset is really good,” Zimmer said. “He’s going to come back, and he’s going to be great.”Zimmer has often been hard on rookies, particularly for cornerbacks, his position of expertise, but Hughes quickly drew his praise for his attention to detail and willingness to learn in training camp as much as his natural abilities. Alexander Jonah Williams Jersey , for example, was called out more than once by Zimmer over his first two seasons for being slow to adapt to the responsibilities of the nickel back.“For a young guy, he was real professional about everything,” Zimmer said. “Studied hard, asked good questions, never afraid to ask anything, not afraid to compete.”This is the second straight year the Vikings have lost their top pick to an ACL injury in October. Running back Dalvin Cook went down in the fourth game last season, and Hughes was knocked out of the sixth game this time.“Special rare talent,” safety George Iloka posted to Hughes on Twitter . “I already know you are going to come back stronger.”


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