The Bengals have loved what they've seen from Rex Burkhead this offseason, but they hated seeing the third-year running back injure his knee in the second-to-last OTA practice.
After Burkhead suffered what's believed to be a minor knee injury, he was held out of the team's final minicamp practice on Thursday, but was seen on the bike during Thursday's practice.
Looks like Rex Burkhead not practicing today. Tweaked a knee injury yesterday. Doesn't look like anything major. Riding bike now #Bengals— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) June 18, 2015
The fact that Burkhead is riding the stationary bike suggests it's nothing serious, or else they wouldn't have him doing anything to put pressure on the injured knee. The team is likely holding him out as a mere precaution. He's had one of the best showings of any Bengal during OTAs as he looks to lock up his spot on the 53-man roster.
After all, the third and fourth-string RBs are rarely assured of a roster spot going into training camp. Burkhead is battling James Wilder Jr. and special-teams ace Cedric Peerman for those final two RB spots. Prior to the injury, Burkhead looked to have the third spot in his grasp.
Hopefully, this injury doesn't weaken his chances as we look ahead to Training Camp in late July.