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Bengals Week 16 Thursday practice: Tyler Eifert working on rehab field; Leon Hall and Dre Kirkpatrick return

Two starting defensive backs were back on the field after sitting out Wednesday.

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The Cincinnati Bengals hit the practice field Thursday before getting a day off Friday for Christmas as they prepare for Monday's clash with the Denver Broncos.

Making his return to the field was slot corner Leon Hall. He got Wednesday off for what's been a normal rest day orlimited session for him. He is dealing with a back injury that's caused him to pop up on the injury report most of this season, but it doesn't look like it will compromise his availability Monday night.

Another starting corner back on the field Thursday was Dre Kirkpatrick. He sat out Wednesday, though it's unknown why. He was dealing with a knee injury last week and also an ankle injury in Week 13.

Tyler Eifert continues to miss practice while recovering from a concussion, but the good news is he was working on the side in sweats at practice today. That's a good sign the star tight end is close to being cleared for game action. Still, until he gets a practice session in, consider him doubtful for Monday night. That would leave rookie Tyler Kroft to make another start with h-back Ryan Hewitt also being more of a factor in the passing game.

It's also worth noting that head coach Marvin Lewis was on SIRIUS XM Radio Thursday morning and said the report of Eifert being out for the rest of the regular season wasn't true.

Starting safety George Iloka continues to sit out as he deals with a groin injury. This has been bothering Iloka for over a month now, and it's caused him to miss two of the past three games. Shawn Williams has filled in nicely for Iloka, so maybe the Bengals are just going to ride with Williams until Iloka's groin is fully healed, or as close to 100-percent as it can get before the playoffs.

Linebacker Vontaze Burfict got his normal Thursday off as he's gotten most of this season. Burfict has slowly began looking like the Pro Bowl linebacker that makes this defense elite over the past month as he's getting back to his old self following multiple knee surgeries.

It's also worth noting that because the Bengals play on Monday night, they'll issue injury reports for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, even though they practiced Wednesday and will not practice Friday. That's why there wasn't an official practice and participation report posted for Wednesday's session.

Be sure to check back here for the full Thursday report when it's released later this evening.