As we march on through the week, the Bengals continue to practice before their opener against the New York Jets on Friday. We have already posted a series of updates throughout the day on Tuesday about the goings-on at practice and other news, but we'll do a quick recap of things tonight.
Though we didn't have our own Cincy Jungle writers at practice today to give their updates, we did have the reliable sets of eyes and ears of members of The Cincinnati Enquirer and Bengals.com to fall back on for our information. Click the jump for more.
+ As we noted earlier, Leon Hall appears to be nearing a full recovery from his Achilles injury and will be starting this Friday night. It's an astounding feat, given the severity of his injury less than a year ago.
+ Tuesday's practice was the lowest of the preseason thus far, registering only about 640, per multiple sources.
+ In a scary moment for the team and fans, defensive tackle Geno Atkins tweaked his left knee during drills. He ended up returning and it didn't seem to bother him.
+ Moch, cornerbacks Jason Allen and Brandon Ghee, quarterback Tyler Hansen, wide receiver Ryan Whalen, and running back Bernard Scott were all held out of Tuesday's practice. Robert Geathers, Pat Sims, Dre Kirkpatrick, and Shaun Prater were also not practicing as they are rehabbing injuries.
+ It's now becoming a fear that Ghee could be lost for the season because of a severe wrist injury.
+ Pat Sims could be returning to Bengals practice next week. While it's great news from a depth perspective, he won't be able to be placed on the PUP List if he returns.
+ Wide receiver Andrew Hawkins is going to get extensive work on special teams, especially with Brandon Tate lining up as a starter. Said Hawkins:
"I love it. I told the coaches when I got here I'd do anything," Hawkins said.
+ Leon Hall also got to wear defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer's prized "gold jersey" for the day. At first glance, it's nothing more than a soccer practice "penny", but it symbolizes Zimmer's "Leader of the day".
+ Lastly, Joe Reedy touches on a few plays of the day:
Rookie WR Mohamed Sanu had a good day with a couple nice catches, including one on a Andy Dalton deep ball up the left sideline where he beat Robert Sands. … Brandon Thompson and Clint Boling got into a brief scuffle, which was only the second one of camp. … Taylor Mays intercepted a Dalton pass when the defense blitzed and tight end Jermaine Gresham, who was the hot receiver, did not turn back in time.