Still grieving death of teammate Chris Henry, Bengals try to focus on the field

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CINCINNATI, Ohio - One day after the death of teammate Chris Henry, the Bengals tried to focus on the field as they prepared for a key game at San Diego.
Music was playing in the locker room as players packed up to leave for California. The team also held a 90-minute Friday afternoon practice.
With a win over the 10-3 Chargers, the Bengals (9-4) clinch the AFC North title and grab the inside track to the second seed in the conference playoffs.
Henry, 26, died in North Carolina on Thursday, a day after falling out of the back of a pickup truck during what police described as a domestic dispute.
It's the second time the team has had to deal with a death this season. Vikki Zimmer, the wife of defensive co-ordinator Mike Zimmer, died unexpectedly at the couple's home in October. Three days later, Zimmer coached the defence in a 17-14 win in Baltimore that put the Bengals in control of the AFC North.
Offensive lineman Andrew Whitworth, one of the team captains, said it was good for the team to be together to deal with Henry's death. The team held its holiday gathering as scheduled on Thursday.
"We had enough motivation already and now it's added with the guys trying to live up to his legacy," Whitworth said. "Things go on. We went on with it with Coach Zimmer. It hurts but you have a job as a man and professional and you have to move forward."
As for how they may perform on the road on Sunday, Whitworth said: "I think it will be positive. You deal with adversity and we have handled adversity in a great way all season long and it won't be different."
"It really wouldn't matter where we were at, we're going to pull it together as a family," offensive guard Bobbie Williams said. "Coaches and players included. We're going to ball that fist up and try to deliver a good, solid punch to whoever. If we were here or on the road it doesn't matter. We're going to be that unit."
Greg Guthrie, general manager of the Alario Center in Westwego, La., confirmed Friday that a service for Henry, a native of Belle Chasse, La., is tentatively scheduled to be held there Tuesday.

Organizations: Bengals, Alario Center

Geographic location: California, CINCINNATI, San Diego North Carolina Baltimore Westwego Belle Chasse

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