CLEVELAND - Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis had to do some back stepping on a conference call Wednesday when asked about comments he made after the Browns traded running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts.
Speaking with Ross Tucker and Derrick Brooks on "Sirius Radio" last week, Lewis insinuated that it would be easier to game plan defensively for the Browns without Richardson.
"We go to Cleveland next week," Lewis said. "I feel pretty good about that."
Lewis chuckled when asked about his remarks during a conference call with reporters that cover the Browns. He claims his words were taken out of context.
"I thought Trent Richardson was a fine player, a great prospect," Lewis said. "That was my only comment, that he was a very good player."
Lewis added that Richardson's absence from the roster won't change the way he prepares the Bengals.
"I've never been one to game plan around a position player," Lewis said. "Sometimes quarterbacks are more athletic than others. Sometimes backs have an ability to escape outside, like an (Eric) Metcalf used to in the past. These are very good NFL players. Cleveland has built a fine team, and we have to play great football to have an opportunity to win."
100 AND COUNTING: Offensive tackle Joe Thomas will start his 100th consecutive game since the Browns selected him third overall in the 2007 draft. He hasn't missed a snap in a regular-season game, but he has missed practice time on a few occasions.
"For me it's a point of pride because it's really hard to stay healthy in this league for 16 games," Thomas said. "It's also a point of pride that I haven't missed a snap, yet. A big part of playing on the offensive line is staying healthy."
AWARD TIME: Punter/kicker/part-time quarterback Spencer Lanning was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance against the Vikings. In addition to handling the punting chores, Lanning threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Cameron and kicked the final extra point because of a quadriceps injury suffered by kicker Billy Cundiff.
"It means a lot as to how far I've come," Lanning said. "More importantly, as a team we got the 'W' in a tough road environment. I'm more focused now on the Bengals, and I think the entire team is, too."
WAIT & SEE: Cundiff was held out of practice Wednesday. It's possible another kicker will be added to the roster before Sunday.
"We'll see how Billy progresses as the week goes along," coach Rob Chudzinski said. "We have a plan, and we feel okay there. We have a lot of faith in (Spencer Lanning) as well."
INJURY REPORT: Guard Shawn Lauvao (ankle) practiced and is close to returning after missing all preseason and the first three games of the regular season. Linebacker Jabaal Sheard (knee) was held out and likely won't be available Sunday. Also held out were linebacker Quentin Groves (ankle), quarterback Brandon Weeden (thumb) and defensive end Billy Winn (quadriceps). Limited in practice were offensive lineman Oniel Cousins (chest) and Lauvao.