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Bengals Thursday Practice: C.J. Uzomah returns; Tyler Eifert practicing again

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The Bengals could have Tyler Eifert and C.J. Uzomah on the field together very soon, but Week 3 vs the Broncos may be too soon for that to happen.

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The Bengals were back on the practice field Thursday for their second pre-Broncos tuneup.

The big story out of this session was that C.J. Uzomah returned after missing Wednesday with a rib injury. He never appeared to suffer a significant injury during Sunday's loss to Pittsburgh, so Uzomah sitting out Wednesday may have been a precautionary measure.

Thursday also saw Tyler Eifert practice for a second consecutive day. This was the first time both he and Eifert practiced together this season. As much potential as Uzomah has been showing, the combination of he and Eifert could make them one of the league's best tight end tandems, and that's not accounting for what Tyler Kroft can do.

We still shouldn't expect to see Eifert this Sunday against the Broncos, but having Uzomah back on the practice field means he should be good to go.

Elsewhere, A.J. Green was back on the field after missing Wednesday's session for the birth of his son. That is tremendous news for Green and his family, but it is also good for the Bengals, who don't have to worry about playing without Green had his son been born on a gameday.

Backup offensive lineman Eric Winston missed Thursday's session after sitting out Wednesday as well. A back injury is keeping him sidelined and now threatening his availability for Sunday. Because he plays both backup guard and tackle, it's a significant hit to Cincinnati's depth if he's out.

That could pave the way for rookie lineman Christian Westerman to get his first gameday active if Winston is out. Westerman has played mostly at guard, though, so Jake Fisher would be the only backup tackle on Sunday if Winston is inactive.

Wide receiver James Wright appeared to be limited in Thursday's practice after getting a limited session on Wednesday as well. That's more to help ease him along after missing nearly two years of football with knee injuries. He should play this week, but if he doesn't, Cody Core could be active for the first time.

Cornerback Darqueze Dennard practiced Thursday after a hamstring injury limited him on Wednesday. It’s unclear at this point if he was a full or limited participant; we’ll know that later this afternoon. Dennard was inactive in Week 1 because of a training camp ankle injury and is now dealing with this hamstring issue. He is a big a part of the Bengals defense as the third cornerback on the roster, even though he was smoked several times during Sunday's loss in Pittsburgh. Still, the Bengals won't hesitate to make him inactive if he's in danger of further injuring himself on Sunday.

The last thing the Bengals need is another significant injury to Dennard. Josh Shaw played well when Dennard was out, so if he’s unable to play, we can expect Shaw to step up again.

Be sure to check back later for the full practice and participation report.