Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Johnson runs after catching a pass against the Tennessee Titans in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007, in Cincinnati. Johnson caught 12 passes, three for touchdowns, as he became the Bengals all-time leading receiver. Cincinnati won 35-6. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
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.