Wednesday was a big day for the Bengals at practice as they prepared for their regular season opener against the New York Jets this Sunday. The team will practice again on Thursday and Friday before flying to New Jersey on Saturday. Here’s a collection of information from the practice fields, but keep in mind, the media only gets to attend 30 minutes of the two hour practice. Things that happen after those 30 minutes are over generally get kept under lock.
Wednesday brought great news as Darqueze Dennard, Tyler Kroft, Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher all practiced for the second time since their respective injuries. The group of formerly injured Bengals also practiced on Monday but the fact that they were back out there again today is a good indicator that all four players will suit up on Sunday against the Jets. Kroft and Ogbuehi should be starting, and Dennard will be playing slot cornerback, which isn’t technically a starting job, but we can expect him to play a large percentage of snaps if he is in fact fully healthy and ready to play.
We learned on Mon. Cedric Ogbuehi plans to start. Today Darqueze Dennard & Jake Fisher said they’re ready for Sun. #Bengals— Jim Owczarski (@JimOwczarski) September 7, 2016
Tyler Eifert was the only player on the 53-man roster who was on the rehab field today, which was also the case on Monday.
Maybe the most surprising player to grace the field on Wednesday was first round 2016 draft pick William Jackson III. Jackson suffered a torn pectoral muscle about a month ago and was able to take part in team stretches on Wednesday. He watched the rest of practice, but even the fact that he’s out there is great news.
Missing in action
One surprise player who wasn’t practicing was Pat Sims. That’s not good news for an already thin defensive line group that includes just eight players on the 53-man roster. It’s unclear why Sims was missing from practice.
The Bengals practice tomorrow and Friday morning and while Kroft, Ogbuehi, Fisher and Dennard are practicing today, it will be necessary for them to continue practicing for the next two days to prove they can play in live game action on Sunday.