The Bengals held a practice on Wednesday to prepare for their matchup with the Jaguars this Sunday, as well as the regular-season opener which is inching closer. The Bengals are officially done with open to the public practices for the year and moving forward, invited media will only be able to watch 30 minutes of practice.
Many players were out on the rehab field instead of the practice field on Wednesday, though, that is a good sign for the group of injured Bengals working to make their way back prior to the regular season opener on September 11.
Cedric Ogbuehi, Darqueze Dennard, Tyler Kroft and Tyler Eifert all returned to the rehab field today after also working there Monday. Joining them were Mario Alford who has a sprained ankle, rookie offensive lineman Alex Redmond (undisclosed injury) and Vontaze Burfict who missed the last two practices with an undisclosed injury. Burfict hasn’t played in the preseason, so it seems he suffered some sort of injury in practice, though, it’s minor enough that he’s already on the rehab field after missing two practices (Sunday and Monday). This is exactly why Marvin Lewis doesn’t plan to play Burfict in the preseason before he starts his three week suspension to start the 2016 season.
Jake Fisher who hurt his ankle (and if now wearing both a knee and ankle brace) was at practice today but not working on the rehab or practice fields. He watched his offensive line teammates during drills but did not take part on the practice or rehab fields. Still, it’s a positive sign to see Fisher out at practice since his injury looked pretty bad when he went down and was carted off the field last Thursday against the Lions.
For what it’s worth, at Marvin Lewis’ press conference today, he said, Dennard is "progressing well. All of our injured guys are doing well." The goal is for Ogbuehi, Dennard, Kroft and Eifert to make it back by the regular-season opener against the Jets.
The Bengals will practice on Thursday and Friday before heading to Jacksonville on Saturday.