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Running Back Bernard Scott And Carlos Dunlap Return To Practice

According to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, there are 14 players sitting out during Monday's full-padded practice, including Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham and running back Jay Finley; in Gresham's case, the starting tight end is working on the side which we can only assume means soreness.

On the bright side Bengals running back Bernard Scott (hamstring) has finally returned after a two week absence. Due to his hamstring injury and with players like Quan Cosby, Adam Jones and Cedric Peerman sitting Friday night against the Detroit Lions, the Bengals were forced to implement bubble-player running back John Griffin into kickoff returns. That didn't go so well, with his first two returns being a lost fumble and a return going out to the 11-yard line (there was a touchback between both returns).

However, perhaps more encouraging, is the noted return of defensive end Carlos Dunlap, who hasn't practiced for a week due to soreness in his knee. His absence forced the team to use Michael Johnson deep in the game, along with Manny Lawson's defensive end alignment in the second quarter; though we're not sure if that's something they're working on long-term in nickel situations.

According to various twitter updates, cornerback Jonathan Wade, Tank Johnson, Andre Caldwell, Quan Cosby and Jamere Holland are back while Ryan Whalen, Andrew Hawkins and Landon Cox are out.