Ochocinco practices with Bengals

Updated: January 6, 2010, 5:44 PM ET
Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco fully participated in practice on Wednesday and is expected to be fine for a wild-card playoff game against the New York Jets.

And no, sex had nothing to do with his healing.

Ochocinco bruised his left knee when he fell during warmups before a 37-0 loss at the Jets on Sunday. The receiver played in the first half and failed to make a catch for the first time since 2002. The teams have a first-round playoff rematch at Paul Brown Stadium on Saturday.

The receiver had a precautionary MRI on Monday, when he had trouble fully extending the leg. Doctors prescribed drugs to help eliminate the swelling, and he returned to practice in a limited way on Tuesday.

Before that practice, he joked he had tested the knee by having sex. Ochocinco likes to make up stories during his media sessions for entertainment -- he once suggested he was keeping a live deer in his garage that would become part of a touchdown celebration.

The New York Post went for it, running a story Wednesday under the headline "Sex In The Cincy" and "Ocho's Sexual Healing." On his Twitter feed later in the day, Ochocinco posted: "NY Post took my joke a lil serious, Regis calling me out, only if I could get Obama to tweet me I'm set"

The receiver's health was one of the Bengals' main concerns heading into the playoff game. They also expect to have several defensive players back from injury.

Defensive tackle Domata Peko also fully participated in practice Wednesday and is expected to play for the first time since he had surgery Dec. 7 to clean out his right knee. Safety Chris Crocker, who missed the last three games with an injured ankle, was limited in practice.

Defensive end Robert Geathers also was limited by a sore knee. Defensive tackle Tank Johnson has been bothered by plantar fasciitis in his right foot for most of the season and didn't fully participate, either.


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