Prior to the start of today’s practice, it was revealed that Bengals left tackle Andrew Whitworth would miss the third-straight camp session. Coming off knee surgery during the offseason, Whitworth is believed to be close to 100% healthy, and he says the extra rest it is merely part of the plan to gauge how much he can tolerate. He says right now the staff is focused on strengthening the surgically-repaired ligament. Whitworth plans to work on the side with Nick Cosgray during practice, and isn’t concerned about being ready for the real opener.
The theme of today was walkthroughs and installations of various schemes into the offense and defense. There was a strong focus on special teams, which made today a very important practice for players on the roster bubble, as it will be their abilities on special teams that will determine whether they make the 53-man roster. Players like Jeromy Miles, Cedric Peerman and Brandon Tate are routinely on the roster because of their unique abilities to make an impact on special teams.
Defensive end Carlos Dunlap is not practicing right now due to a concussion he suffered earlier in the week, and it’s unclear as to when he’ll return, or how serious the concussion was.