Today was what can be best described as a recovery practice. After playing last night and giving the rash of injuries the Bengals have sustained, both the offensive and defensive units were going through walkthroughs with no helmets or pads.
Starting Middle linebacker Rey Maualuga was back at practice today as he ran with the first-team defense. He previously said that he would miss the Falcons game but was almost certain he’d be back for the Packers game, which will be at Paul Brown Stadium next Thursday night.
Dre Kirkpatrick and Pat Sims were seen doing on the field rehab, meaning that both players are getting closer to returning to the active roster. Kirkpatrick thinks he can be ready to fully practice as early as next week. Sims may actually be kept on the PUP so that he can be kept on the roster for the first six games of the season before the team has to decide if they want to keep him.
Despite knocking out two of his teammates in back-to-back weeks, safety Taylor Mays was still the starting strong safety in walkthroughs. Jeromy Miles has been impressive in camp and in last night’s game, but Marvin Lewis probably likes keeping as a backup since he’s one of the special teams aces. Still, if Mays can’t stop the friendly fire, as well as improving his coverage skills, the Bengals will need to find another option or risk giving up too many big plays on the back end of their defense this year.
WR Ryan Whalen also returned to practice after suffering a hamstring injury and missing much of the past two weeks of camp. Whalen is eligible to be on the practice squad if he doesn’t make the 53-man roster, and as of now, he would be the seventh WR option.