Bengals players are just like us! Before heading out to their last training camp practice of 2016 a few Bengals stopped to watch the Olympics on the TVs near the new Jack Field Club bar, right outside the team locker room. For those who haven’t heard, this is a new VIP bar inside the stadium where fans can come to watch the team walk into and out of the locker room. There haven’t been many details released yet on this bar, but more information is sure to come prior to the start of the season.
As you can see, the Bengals weren’t in pads or even jerseys as they had a light walkthrough practice on Tuesday before heading to Detroit on Wednesday. Thursday night they’ll take the field for their second preseason game, this one against the Lions.
A breezy day in Cincinnati (reportedly the coolest day of training camp) caused punts to fly around in unexpected directions. Per Coley Harvey, that didn’t cause any issues for the Bengals catching the punts in drills. It will be interesting to see if Alex Erickson is able to replicate his success from Friday’s preseason opener throughout the rest of the preseason and whether any other Bengals step up in regards to the return duties. With Mario Alford currently dealing with an ankle sprain, it’s unlikely he’ll get a chance to improve his place among the roster bubble on Thursday.
On Monday, Cody Core injured his finger in practice, but finally, there’s some good injury news as he’s already back on the field. The hope is that Core will play on Thursday.
Cody Core out here for walk thru with right pinky/ring fingers taped. Participating. Just caught pass. #Bengals— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonCMG) August 16, 2016
Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like Brandon LaFell will be making his Bengals debut this week. LaFell didn’t take part in the Bengals' walkthrough and now, there are reports that he’s dealing with a torn ligament in his hand which may require surgery, but wouldn't be season-ending. Marvin Lewis said after practice he still expects LaFell to be ready for the Bengals’ Week 1 game in New York and that they’ll decide on Thursday whether or not he plays against the Lions.
Cedric Ogbuehi also wasn’t practicing on Tuesday as he’s battling a toe injury that has his Week 1 status in jeopardy. In response to the injury, Jake Fisher is now practicing at right tackle. Lewis also said he believes Ogbuehi will be on the field come Week 1. It’s not known exactly what Ogbuehi’s toe injury is.
Also remaining off the field are Darqueze Dennard (ankle), Tyler Kroft (knee), Andrew Billings (knee), William Jackson III (pectoral), Mario Alford (ankle), Tyler Eifert (ankle), and Brandon Thompson (knee). The later two remain on the PUP list.
The Bengals are off and traveling to Detroit on Wednesday before their preseason matchup with the Lions on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. ET.