The Cincinnati Bengals took the field for their second practice of the week on Thursday after holding more of a walkthrough session on Wednesday.
Before practice even began though, there was big news in the form of a new h-back. Rookie offensive tackle Jake Fisher made a rare move from offensive line to h-back in order to help offset the loss of Ryan Hewitt, who suffered a knee sprain last week. Not only was Hewitt not at practice Wednesday and Thursday, but his knee injury suffered during Monday's loss now appears to be be more serious after Fisher's move. Fisher appears to now be wearing #44 after wearing 74 as an offensive lineman all season.
Tight end Tyler Eifert was able to practice again Thursday after getting in a full session on Wednesday, though that doesn't mean much since Wednesday's practice it was in sweats. That means today was the first fully-padded practice Eifert has had in three weeks. He should play Sunday vs the Baltimore Ravens.
Perhaps the biggest news of Thursday was starting safety George Iloka was able to practice. Again, because Wednesday was in sweats, seeing injured guys like Iloka today practicing is great news. A groin injury has hindered him for much of the past month, and quite frankly, Shawn Williams has played very well in Iloka's place. That doesn't mean Williams should be the starter now, but maybe should get the bulk of Iloka's snaps this week to ensure he doesn't re-injure his groin, one of the trickier injuries to deal with.
Also practicing Thursday was quarterback AJ McCarron, who injured his wrist during Monday's loss in Denver, but now has practiced both days this week. Thankfully, the injury was on his non-throwing hand, so he should play this Sunday.
Wide receiver Marvin Jones and defensive end Carlos Dunlap were both able to practice Thursday after getting in limited sessions in for Wednesday. Jones and Dunlap were both listed yesterday with the same issue, a hamstring. Both players finished Monday's loss in Denver, so it doesn't look like these injuries are anything serious.
It doesn't appear as though offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth or linebacker Vontaze Burfict will be getting rest days this week, which could be thanks to the light session on Wednesday, effectively working as days off physically. Whit was getting Wednesdays off for veteran's rest days until Andy Dalton went down and McCarron had to start at quarterback. Burfict usually gets Thursdays off to rest his knee.
Be sure to check back later for the full Thursday practice and injury report.