Hall optimistic about playing Sunday

“I feel pretty good,” Hall said before practice. “Obviously I haven’t played football, but we’ll see how it goes. I did a little bit on Friday, not much. Right now I feel great, but I haven’t run or anything. I feel better than I did Friday and Saturday. I had a few days to get better.”

Brandon Ghee played the slot corner against Cleveland, but a thigh injury kept him out against New England, thrusting safety Chris Crocker into that role.

The Bengals signed Crocker off the street Sept. 25, due in large part to Hall’s injury. Crocker held New England’s Julian Edelman to two catches for 35 yards.

“He did pretty good,” Hall said. “I expect that out of him and so did everyone else. I was joking with a few players about that.

“That’s why I got hurt so that he could come back,” Hall joked. “I missed him. He’s one of my good friends. He pays me three percent so I’m OK with that.”

Two other players who missed Sunday’s game, Ghee and defensive end Michael Johnson (concussion), did not practice Wednesday, while linebacker Michael Boley (hamstring), guard Mike Pollak (knee) and tackle Andre Smith (shoulder) were limited.

Herron plucked: The Indianapolis Colts signed running back Dan Herron off the Bengals practice squad Wednesday, one day after placing Ahmad Bradshaw on season-ending injured reserve.

A sixth-round pick out of Ohio State in 2012, Herron appeared in three games for the Bengals last year, playing mostly on special teams where he had a hand in blocking a pair of punts against Dallas and Philadelphia.

Herron led the Bengals in rushing in the preseason with 167 yards on 31 carries, but he was one of the final cuts. After clearing waivers, he was re-signed to the practice squad.

By claiming Herron, the Colts have to keep him on their 53-man roster for at least three weeks.

The Bengals play the Colts on Dec. 8 in Cincinnati.

Marvin milestone: Wednesday marked the 10-year anniversary of the creation of the Marvin Lewis Foundation, an organization that, according to its website, “seeks to empower, educate and inspire individuals in the Greater Cincinnati region through our ongoing outreach programs.”

“The work that the foundation has been able to do – all the people involved, the staff and the commitment of the community, all the community leaders, sponsors and partners we’ve had – we’re very blessed to put the young people through college that we’ve been able to put through,” Lewis said. “To basically give over one million dollars away in college scholarships, and to promote the “Learning is Cool” program, to see it flourish and prosper to where other school districts are trying to incorporate it into their school … we’re blessed with that.”

Asked if he ever envisioned it growing the way it has, Lewis said no.

“There’s no way. I had no idea,” he said. “I get too much of the credit for what the staff and everybody does. They do a great job of making it very turn-key for me.”

Crocker credited: The Elias Sports Bureau has changed a scoring decision from Sunday’s game against New England involving a sack of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Bengals defensive end Wallace Gilberry originally was credited with the sack, but Crocker, who was the first player to reach Brady, on Wednesday was credited with a half sack on the play, with Gilberry getting the other half.

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