Terence Newman and Anthony Collins return to practice


Oct 6, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson (17) cannot catch a pass while being covered by Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Terence Newman (23) at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 13-6. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Friday is always the most important practice for NFL teams playing on Sunday, and for the Cincinnati Bengals, today was even more crucial with several starters having yet to practice this week in light of Sunday’s Wild Card matchup with the San Diego Chargers.

It looks as though they have a chance to go into Sunday with all of their key starters healthy as cornerbaxk Terence Newman and left tackle Anthony Collins returned for the first time this week:

Collins is coming off an ankle injury suffered Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. Newman hasn’t practiced in about a month, after suffering an MCL sprain in the Bengals’ Week 14 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

It also looks like center Kyle Cook will be ready to start Sunday. Cook’s foot was so bad Monday after injuring it Sunday that he was placed in a protective boot and on crutches. He was back to walking under his own power Wednesday, and practiced in a limited capacity Thursday.

Rookie tight end Tyler Eifert was also at practice today after practicing Thursday for the first time in two weeks. A stinger he incurred up in the Bengals’ Week 16 win over the Minnesota Vikings had him sidelined for much of the the past two weeks.

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