The Bengals held their first practice post-Jets injury massacre that saw four starters go down with injuries. This lead to several players being elevated from backup to starter during practice, such is life in the NFL. You’re only as good as your weakest link, but by all indications, the Bengals have some solid backups who can step up.
On the injury front:
MLB Rey Maualuga is not practicing today after injuring his knee in Friday’s preseason opener against the Jets, though if it were a gameday, its believed he’s healthy enough to play and this is more precautionary.
The same cannot be said for DE Carlos Dunlap. He wasn’t on the field at all after suffering a more severe knee injury in Friday’s game. Its unknown how much time he’ll miss, but he likely won’t be playing anymore in the preseason. Safety Taylor Mays was on the field with his helmet and went through walk-throughs as he recovers from a minor concussion suffered during Friday’s game. CB Jason Allen returned to practice after suffering an unknown injury earlier this preseason.
The first-team offensive line featured Clint Boling at left guard in place of the injured Travelle Wharton who will miss the 2012 season. Boling has drawn the praise of coaches and players throughout camp, and some believe he was already challenging Wharton for playing time. Boling is only in his second NFL season, so he’s still got plenty of room to grow into a quality starting NFL guard.
The team rotated MLBs by trying out Vontaze Burfict with first team at MLB after Roddrick Muckelroy got the initial first-team reps.
RT Anthony Collins was seen working with the second-team at guard.
The official attendance for today’s practice in the stadium was 2,000.
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