Short week pains Bengals, Broncos

Updated: October 30, 2004, 10:09 PM ET
By Steve Muench | Scouts, Inc.
A short week of preparation can have negative effects on an NFL team, especially one trying to ready replacements and tweak game plans based on injuries. That explains the dilemma facing Monday Night Football participants Cincinnati and Denver, both of which are dealing with injuries entering this weekend's games.

Pittsburgh, on the other hand, is coming off a bye, so it has had two weeks to figure out how it's going to replace cornerback Chad Scott and make any necessary adjustments.

Here is a list of six injured players, their prognosis and who is expected to take their places. There are also projections about how the injuries will affect their respective teams this weekend, as well as down the road.
Steve Muench played four years of Division I-AA football before joining Scouts Inc. in 2002. He has evaluated both NFL and college players for Scouts Inc., but his current focus is on the NFL draft.