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AJ McCarron day-to-day with rib injury; Clint Boling, Wallace Gilberry held out Tuesday

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Three key Bengals were unable to go on Tuesday.

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UPDATE

Though it came after practice began, Wallace Gilberry did make it onto the field in pads after it looked as though he was getting the day off.

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The Bengals were pretty healthy when they hit the field for their first of two joint practices with the Giants.

One player noticeably absent was backup quarterback AJ McCarron. He was present but was wearing street clothes as he got the day off to rest his injured ribs. As Geoff Hobson reported, McCarron injured his rib cage early in Monday’s practice and will need a couple of days rest.

That could keep him from playing in Friday's preseason opener against the Giants. Once McCarron left Monday's practice with the injury, third-stringer Josh Johnson was given a heavy amount of reps in his absence. If McCarron doesn't play Friday, that obviously gives Johnson a great chance to push for the backup job. The veteran is currently third on the depth chart behind the second-year McCarron.

Also being held out Tuesday were offensive guard Clint Boling and defensive end Wallace Gilberry. Boling left yesterday's session with what appeared to be a knee injury, though no news ever surfaced about it so it wasn't believed to be serious. As for Gilberry, he finished yesterday's practice with no apparent injuries, so this may be just a veteran's rest day.

The most notable Bengals to return Tuesday were defensive tackle Pat Sims and defensive end Carlos Dunlap. Both missed Monday for unknown reasons, though it appears they may have simply been given a veteran's rest day.

As expected, defensive end Michael Johnson, linebacker Vontaze Burfict, offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi, and linebacker Sean Porter were all held out.