clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Bengals practice report: Andre Smith back at Bengals practice; Adam Jones absent

New, comments

Andre Smith finally returned from the concussion protocol, but Adam Jones missed practice with what's being called a shoulder injury.

John Grieshop/Getty Images

The Cincinnati Bengals hit the field Wednesday for their first pre-Arizona Cardinals practice.

Instead of using the normal practice field outside Paul Brown Stadium, they instead used the indoor practice bubble at the University of Cincinnati. It was a wise move for two reasons, the first of which being windy conditions in Cincinnati today, which would have obviously affected the offense's ability to practice effectively.

It's also a good move because an indoor practice bubble resembles what the Bengals will face when they play in Arizona's dome Sunday night. It's rare the Bengals find themselves in a dome game with only two dome teams in the AFC (Houston and Indianapolis), and this week will be the only dome environment the Bengals play in during the regular season.

The good news is it appears Andre Smith is back. The starting right tackle missed the last two games while dealing with a concussion suffered on November 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. It's now November 18 and the first time since the initial injury that Smith has even appeared at a practice. Eric Winston filled in well in Smith's absence, but it will definitely be a positive addition to get him back on the field.

Adam Jones was not present for practice Wednesday. The starting corner and returner missed a few plays during Monday's loss to Houston with a shoulder injury, though he did return and finished the game. It actually looked like Jones may have been concussed when the play happened as he was slow to get up and looked woozy after getting kneed in the back of the head.

But, reports say the injury is a shoulder.

As for the rest of the team, Pat Sims was also unable to practice with an unknown injury/ailment. It's possible the 29-year-old, 340-pound backup lineman is getting a rest day. Brandon Thompson and Sims have been rotating games being inactive and active as the third defensive tackle weekly and both haven't played together in a game this season. Thompson is better at giving somewhat of a pass rush, whereas Sims is better against a more run-heavy team like Houston.

Andrew Whitworth got his regular veteran's rest day off on Wednesday. The starting left tackle is likely keeping this routine for the rest of the season. Be sure to check back here later for the full participation report from today's practice.