Bengals players and fans who were hoping to see Terence Newman back in Cincinnati this week will be disappointed to hear that Newman isn’t making the trip.
According to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press, Newman says he won’t travel to Cincinnati with the Vikings for the joint practices and preseason opener due to an undisclosed injury.
“I’m not going,” Newman told Chris Tomasson.
Newman joined the Vikings in 2015 after spending three years in Cincinnati with the Bengals, and prior to that, nine years with the Cowboys. With the Bengals, Newman totaled 146 tackles, 5 interceptions, 1 forced fumble and 2 fumble recoveries and was a force among the Bengals’ defensive unit.
The Bengals and Vikings will have two joint practices, the first on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. ET and the second on Thursday morning at 11:00 a.m. ET. These practices will get them prepared for their first preseason game of the year on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. ET at Paul Brown Stadium.
Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards said a “nagging injury” is bothering the former Bengals cornerback. Though neither he nor former Bengals defensive coordinator, and now Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer would elaborate.
Fans and members of the Bengals’ organization alike were looking forward to reuniting with Newman, but it appears that won’t be happening this week.
Andre Smith and Emmanuel Lamur who both joined the Vikings this offseason should be back in Cincinnati for the practices and game this week. As will long-time defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.