Bengals Cornerback Shaun Prater Dealing With Soreness

IOWA CITY IA - NOVEMBER 20: Defensive back Shaun Prater #28 of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes returns a pass interception against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the second half of play at Kinnick Stadium on November 20 2010 in Iowa City Iowa. Ohio State won 20-17 over Iowa. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images).

According to Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com, Bengals rookie cornerback Shaun Prater has sat out the previous three practices during this weekend's rookie minicamp due to soreness. The Bengals had two practices on Friday, two on Saturday, concluding this weekend's minicamp at noon on Sunday.

Prater is faced with the challenging prospect of an up-hill battle within a crowded position mixed between veterans (like Jason Allen and Terence Newman) and rookies (like Dre Kirkpatrick). The rookie out of Iowa completed a solid college career with 177 total tackles, five quarterback sacks, five interceptions, six forces fumbles, two recovered and 20 passes defended.

Soreness is not uncommon during the first minicamp of the year, especially for rookies who may have cooled their workout regiment following the NFL Combine, their respective Pro Days and any private workouts they had scheduled.

Prater was the Bengals first of three fifth-round picks, selected at No. 156 overall during the 2012 NFL draft.

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