Bengals lose Pollack, Braham, Jackson to injuries

Updated: September 17, 2006, 4:33 PM ET
Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- The Bengals lost three starters to injury -- linebacker David Pollack, center Rich Braham and safety Dexter Jackson -- during the first half of their game Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.

Pollack hurt his neck while tackling running back Reuben Droughns on Cleveland's second play. Pollack, a first-round pick last year, hit Droughns with his right shoulder, then lay face-down on the field.

He remained conscious and gave a thumbs-up sign with both hands as he left the field on a back board. The team said he had full feeling in his extremities. Pollack was taken for X-rays in the stadium, then transferred to a hospital for further evaluation.

Braham hurt his left knee while blocking on a running play early in the second quarter. He lay on his back in pain while the medical staff examined his knee, then was taken off on a cart, as well.

Braham is the cornerstone to one of the league's most experience offensive lines. The line already was missing left tackle Levi Jones, who was inactive Sunday because of a lingering ankle injury.

The defense took another hit when Jackson rolled his right ankle while trying to make a play late in the first half. Jackson, one of the team's top free-agent acquisitions, could take only a few steps at a time as he limped off the field. Jackson also left the field for medical tests.


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