"The Ravens are the Ravens. They always have a great defense, but we'll be fine. Jerome (Simpson) will be fine," Ochocinco said. "He hasn't come out of nowhere. He hasn't had the opportunity to play and show what he can do. He's really good. He can jump out of the gym. Great hands, speed. The whole nine yards. He's a better blocker than I am. ... That's something that he adds to the X position that I've never been able to do."
Ochocinco will finish the season with 67 catches for 831 yards and four touchdowns, some of the lowest marks of his 10-year career, all in Cincinnati.
Cornerback Johnathan Joseph (ankle) also didn't practice Thursday. Joseph has missed four games. His backup, Jonathan Wade, has missed the past two games because of a knee injury. That means recently re-signed Keiwan Ratliff could make the start.