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Cedric Ogbuehi says he could play in opening game

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Prior to Thursday’s Bengals training camp practice, Cedric Ogbuehi told the media "his rehab is going well enough that he could play in the Sept. 13 opener in Oakland if he’s needed," per Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com.

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The Bengals first round draft pick, Cedric Ogbuehi has been working his way back from a torn ACL suffered in his final collegiate game with Texas A&M, the Liberty Bowl, played in late December 2014.

Ogbuehi has shown his progress on Instagram since being drafted and has looked good in doing so:

Progress #NuffCed

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Little night core work

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Ogbuehi has yet to practice with the Bengals in OTAs or training camp and he was placed on the NFI (Non-Football Injury) list prior to the start of training camp last week.

But per Bengals.com, prior to Thursday’s training camp practice, Ogbuehi told the media "his rehab is going well enough that he could play in the Sept. 13 opener in Oakland if he’s needed."

The most important thing to note there is the last three words of the sentence. Even if he believes he's healed enough to play, the Bengals will likely place Ogbuehi on the PUP list to start off the 2015 season.

The Bengals have Andrew Whitworth and Andre Smith as their starting OTs and Ogbuehi won't necessarily be needed this season at all. As Hobson writes, that's why it's expected Ogbuehi will start the season on the PUP list, which will keep him off the field for the first six weeks of the season.