The Cincinnati Bengals are scheduled to practice from 2-4 p.m. (ET) on Tuesday in preparation for the first round of the 2012 NFL playoffs against the Houston Texans. However with a fresh coat of snow and temperatures hovering around the mid-30s with forecasted drizzle, the Bengals are heading back to the University of Cincinnati to practice indoors.
Along with allowing the Bearcats to play a couple of games at Paul Brown Stadium, the Bengals hand the University money for using the indoor facility. Per Joe Reedy the cost is $5,000 per eight hours, $2,500 for four hours or $625 per hour.
This is the second time in as many weeks that the Bengals have moved practice indoors following the December 26 snow storm last week. Lewis noted the benefits of practicing inside last week.
"I think going inside did what we needed to do and that was being able to get out and run and do things and the guys didn't have to fight through the elements like we did last week," Lewis said. "I didn’t want to alter our schedule. I thought it was important to keep things the way we were and stay on track. But I thought it was worth the 10-minute ride on Wednesday and it worked out well for us.
"Yesterday I chose to stay here and today was a good day. It keeps our guys in the early schedule, it gets them out of the building a little earlier. We get the physical time and mental time and yet we're able to get out of here an hour and an hour and a half earlier and it's good for the coaches, too."
Players did too, saying after last week's practice inside.
“We got a lot of work done today,” defensive tackle Domata Peko said. “It was good to get out of the elements.”
“The day is kind of the same other than just getting on a bus,” he said. “I don’t think that’s a big difference as much as it’s just getting to go inside and throw the football and run the football and make cuts and you don’t have to worry about falling down or being in the ice or wind or whatever every single day.
“Sometimes in practice you’re trying to work against looks and it’s hard to get the speed of the looks when everybody is worried about their footing or the conditions.”
The Bengals will practice Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday before taking off for Houston on Friday for Saturday's game.