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Bengals Training Camp 2016: Recapping a rainy Day 4 in Cincinnati

The Bengals’ practice was closed today but we’ve rounded up all the information we could find about what went on inside of Paul Brown Stadium. There was a form of an Oklahoma Drill that took place, Darqueze Dennard scared the Bengals but returned to play and Jake Kumerow was missing from the action.

The Bengals closed their practice to the public on Monday as there was thunder in the area and the practice fields aren’t as suited for heavy rain as the field inside of Paul Brown Stadium. Unfortunately, that meant no fans were able to watch as James Wright was back in action for the first time since November 2014. Wright was activated off the active/PUP list on Monday morning.

Injuries and who sat out?

  • Trevor Roach missed practice after finishing early yesterday. It’s unclear what his injury is.
  • Jake Kumerow sat out on Monday after reportedly tweaking his hamstring on Sunday. That’s not good news for Kumerow who needs to be on the field during every available opportunity. We’ll see if he’s back in action tomorrow and able to continue proving why he deserves a spot on the roster.
  • Tight end Matt Lengel also appeared to be missing on Monday. It’s unclear why or if he has an injury.
  • Karlos Dansby was off on Monday, it’s expected that he received a veterans rest day.
  • From the PUP and NFI lists, Vontaze Burfict, Tyler Eifert and Brandon Thompson all were non-participants as well. None can participate until they’re medically cleared to do so. It’s expected that Burfict will be the first of these remaining three players to be activated to play.

On a positive note, Nick Gangwish who left on a cart yesterday was back practicing today, indicating his injury yesterday was likely just cramps. That can be expected during the warm summer months and while players are getting acclimated to NFL practices.

Darqueze Dennard had an excused absence yesterday as he was attending the life memorial of his former Michigan State teammate, Mike Sadler, who passed away in a car accident. You can read about their touching relationship here, which explains why it was so important for Dennard to be in East Lansing yesterday. Dennard credited Sadler with helping him believe in himself when he was struggling to figure out a major, per the Detroit Free Press.

Speaking of Dennard, he went down on the field today and was seen limping and talking to trainers. But, he was able to return moments later.

Thankfully, he got back to work just a moments later. Dennard cannot afford a third straight training camp/preseason with an injury.

Details from the Bengals media

Bengals rookie offensive lineman Christian Westerman had an impressive play during the first day in pads. +1 for Westerman, the 2016 fifth round pick!

Fans won’t be happy to hear the team did the Oklahoma drill in a closed practice.

Here’s a look at the running backs getting to work in the above-mentioned, Oklahoma-like drill.

The running game will be a big key to the Bengals’ success this year. So, this isn’t the most encouraging update.

This is a good look at undrafted rookie fullback Andrew Bonnet (who is missing from the Bengals’ online roster, but on the team). Here, he goes up against veteran linebacker Vinny Rey.

The Bengals had a mini-reunion in the house on Monday as Willie Anderson is coaching with the team this week, as is Chris Crocker. And then also in attendance on Monday were Takeo Spikes (who works for SiriusXM’s NFL station) and Solomon Wilcots (who holds multiple NFL jobs at varying networks as well as SiriusXM). Here’s a shot of Anderson and Spikes.

An update on the kicker competition (or lack thereof):

A look at Cedric Ogbuehi going up against Carlos Dunlap.

There hasn’t been much news on 2015 draft pick Josh Shaw during camp. This is a nice sign though and a great play for Shaw.

Marquis Flowers is apparently practicing with the third team defense.

Looking ahead at the schedule for the rest of training camp:


--Gates open at 2:30 p.m.

--Practice begins at 3 p.m.


--Off day


--Gates open at 2:30 p.m.

--Practice begins at 3 p.m.


--Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

--Practice begins at 6 p.m.


--Gates open at noon

--Practice begins at 1 p.m.


--Off day


--Gates open at 2:30 p.m.

--Practice begins at 3 p.m.


--Off day


--Gates open at 2:30 p.m.

--Practice (with Minnesota Vikings) begins at 3 p.m.


--Gates open at 10:30 a.m.

--Practice (with Minnesota Vikings) begins at 11 a.m. (practice time estimated one hour)