The Cincinnati Bengals got great news on the injury front today with the return of several starters and key backups to practice today, which is being held at Springboro High School in Dayton, Ohio:
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said this was going to be the week he got a lot of his injured players back and that was certainly the case on the defensive line as the club warmed up for practice Thursday afternoon at Springboro High School on the outskirts of Dayton, Ohio.
Left end Carlos Dunlap (concussion) and tackle Brandon Thompson (knee), shelved since the early days of training camp, were in the uniform of the day with helmets and shorts. As was right end Michael Johnson, who hadn’t worked in the 11 days since the opener. Robert Geathers, the backup left end, appeared to be getting a veteran’s day off.
Linebacker Vincent Rey (knee) also came back after missing the first two games.
As for injured strong safety George Iloka, he was out on the field watching with no helmet, and his right wrist is in a splint, a clear sign that his wrist injury is probably serious enough to keep him out this week vs the Dallas Cowboys, and maybe the preseason finale against the Indianapolis Colts.
But Iloka isn’t one to sulk, and he’s doing his best to stay up to speed for when he is healthy and his number is called upon:
S George Iloka not practicing but attached to the hip of DB coach Mark Carrier. #Bengals
— Kevin Goheen (@FSOhio_KGoheen) August 19, 2013