While some Bengals are nursing preexisting injuries or easing off of freshly acquired ones during the team's first round of OTA's, others are finally returning to the field after their 2012 campaigns were cut short. Such is the case for the duo of cornerback Brandon Ghee and wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, both of whom ended last year on IR.
According to both players, however, they are now 100% recovered and ready to go in 2013.
"I feel real strong and explosive," Sanu said Tuesday. "It felt great to be back out there on the field doing the things I was doing last year: running routes full speed, stopping and going, run blocking, catching balls again."
This is great news for a Bengals offense that struggled down the homestretch last season after Sanu went down with a foot injury. If he is indeed healthy and able to return to the form that allowed him to snag four touchdowns during a three-game stretch, Sanu should be able to lock down the the starting receiver spot opposite A.J. Green.
For Ghee's part, this is probably his last real chance with the Bengals. During training camp last year, he showed flashes of the ability that led the team to draft him during the third-round back in 2010, but as has become all too familiar with Ghee, injuries ended up derailing his season before it even began. With the top four cornerback slots seemingly spoken for, Ghee could still find a place on the team, but he'll have to beat out guys like Shaun Prater, Onterio McCalebb, and Chris Lewis-Harris.
It's an important season for Ghee, but at least he is entering 2013 with a clean bill of health.