NFL: Keep it down 

December, 15, 2005
The memo sent by the NFL to teams this week was a reminder of the rules on club-generated crowd noise. Violations of the policy could result in fines and possibility the loss of draft choices. The rule is pretty simple. When the play-clock starts for an opposing team on offense, club generated noise has to cease. Fans can cheer all they want, but they can't be prompted by music or messages on the scoreboard calling for noise. When the visiting team is on defense, the club generated noise must stop when the defense breaks the huddle. Speakers on the field have to point away from the opposing team's bench. In case you're wondering the NFL looked into allegations the Colts piped crowd noise through their speakers and found no evidence of any problems.

Johnson licking his chops at Lions: The Bengals should have an easy time moving the football against the Lions. Linebacker is a major problem for Detroit. Backup linebacker Nate Wayne hurt his knee in practice doing a special teams' drill and he's questionable for Sunday's game. Out is linebacker Boss Bailey (ankle). Linebacker Earl Holmes is doubtful with an ankle injury and he hasn't practiced at all this week. Linebacker Donte Curry is questionable with a thigh injury and hasn't practiced. That leaves the Lions with James Davis, Wally Rainier and LaVar Woods. Rudi Johnson must be planning for a big game.

McFarland doubtful: The Bucs probably won't have defensive tackle Anthony McFarland, who didn't practice Thursday and is listed as doubtful. He suffered a hamstring injury that could sideline him for a couple of weeks. Ellis Wyms did a nice job filling in for him last week, and Chris Hovan stepped up and had a good game in his absence. McFarland hurt his hamstring seven plays into their victory over the Panthers.