While several starters returned to practice today after missing much of the preseason with various ailments, defensive-end Carlos Dunlap was not among them as he continues to miss practice with a sprained knee and now appears highly doubtful to play in the Monday night opener against the Baltimore Ravens.
First-round cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick also sat out and Marvin Lewis said he would not practice for the next two weeks after suffering a setback with his knee injury.
Running back Bernard Scott, who has been out with a hand injury since the first week of training camp, returned to practice today, a good sign that he’ll be ready to suit up against the Ravens Monday night and backup BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who has also missed time this preseason due to a foot injury, but will be ready for the opener, hopefully giving the Bengals their thunder & lightning duo of backs.
Quarterback Andy Dalton, who left the preseason finale with a bruised throwng shoulder, was also a participant at today’s practice, and showed no ill-effects of Thursday’s injury that had Bengals fans holing their collective breaths.
Middle linebacker Rey Maualuga, who suffered a sprained knee in the teams’ first preseason game and missed the rest of the preseason, was a full-go today and could have played last Thursday but the team opted to go the safe rout to ensure he would be ready to go against Ray Rice and the Ravens’ offense.
Cornerbacks Adam Jones and Jason Allen practiced today Monday after missing most of the preseason with various leg injuries.
Defensive-end Robert Geathers practiced for the first time since July after missing all of the preseason with a knee injury.