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Third Week Of OTAs Kickoff On Monday For The Bengals (And What We're Looking At)

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May 22, 2012; Cincinnati, OH USA; Cincinnati Bengals linebackers Rey Maualuga (58) and Thomas Howard (53) during organized team activities at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-US PRESSWIRE
May 22, 2012; Cincinnati, OH USA; Cincinnati Bengals linebackers Rey Maualuga (58) and Thomas Howard (53) during organized team activities at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-US PRESSWIRE

Monday initiates the final set of OTAs of the season, a four-day session that will conclude team's 10 OTA sessions for the (boring and often uneventful) offseason. Sessions on Monday and Wednesday will be open to the public, whereas Tuesday and Thursday will be closed. A couple of stories we're looking at:

+ We don't expect Leon Hall to be anywhere near close to participating on the field, continuing his rehabilitation from last year's Achilles injury. However based on the reports from the only session that the media is allowed to attend OTAs, Dre Kirkpatrick and Nate Clements have yet to take part during the first six sessions.

Reports also seem to indicate that rookie Shaun Prater hasn't dressed and Adam Jones missed last Tuesday's session. Save for Hall, the lack of work isn't so much injury, as it is soreness and other aliments that the team doesn't view as serious.

Brandon Thompson also missed time last week with a virus and Devon Still worked on the side during last Tuesday's session.

+ What's the update on Daniel Herron? The Bengals sixth-round running back showed up during last Tuesday's session with a boot on his foot.

+ The Competition for the No. 2 wide receiver won't be determined in early June, but there's more than enough praise for Armon Binns. Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden also mentioned Ryan Whalen's name and Brandon Tate has had work with the first-team offense. Mohamed Sanu has also made nice plays during OTA sessions.

+ Will anyone be able to get Michael Johnson to admit his weight? Some suspect that the defensive end has put on at least 13 pounds, reaching 280. Either way he's noticeably bigger.

+ After this Thursday's session is completed, the remaining offseason workout session will be the team's mandatory minicamp next week. After that it's training camp.