The Cincinnati Bengals say Chad Ocho Cinco,
the wide receiver formerly known as Chad Johnson, will be
deactivated for Thursday night's game with the Pittsburgh Steelers
for violating a team rule.
The Bengals did not specify the violation Thursday and said
there would be no further comment until after the game.
Ocho Cinco had ankle surgery in June and a shoulder injury in
August and has not been as involved in the Bengals' offense as much
as previous years. Meanwhile, his former college teammate, T.J.
Houshmandzadeh (hoosh-mihn-ZAH'-dah), has become the team's primary
Houshmandzadeh leads the NFL with 73 catches, and has four
touchdowns. Ocho Cinco, a down-field threat in previous years, has
41 catches, none for more than 22 yards.