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Bengals Thursday practice recap: Pat Sims returns; Eric Winston absent

The Bengals had mostly good news on Thursday as Pat Sims returned to the practice field, but Eric Winston was not present.

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The Cincinnati Bengals got mostly good news at Thursday's practice. With just three days before the team squares off with the New York Jets, injured players continue to make their return.

William Jackson III was the big story Thursday, though he was just getting work on the rehab field. This is a good sign that the rookie cornerback will eventually play this year, but we're still at least several months from that happening. He also stretched with the team on Wednesday.

Pat Sims missed Wednesday's session with an Achilles' injury, but returned to practice Thursday. The veteran defensive tackle has shown he can make a big impact as a run-stuffer in the middle, which could be key against the Jets offense with Matt Forte and Bilal Powell.

It will be interesting to see how much work Sims got in. If he was limited on Thursday following Wednesday's DNP, that wouldn't bode well for his chances of playing in New York.

One notable absentee from Thursday's session was Eric Winston. He was not seen in the portion of practice that is open to the media, but he did not appear on the Wednesday injury report. It's possible it was a veteran's rest day for the 32-year-old offensive lineman, who will be both tackle and guard for the Bengals this year.

If Winston did suffer an injury, that would further damage the Bengals' depth at tackle. Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher are coming back from injuries that sidelined them for nearly a month, but both are expected to play Sunday.

Elsewhere, cornerback Darqueze Dennard and tight end Tyler Kroft continued to practice as they, too are recovering from month-long injuries. Dennard was limited in Wednesday's session after returning from an ankle injury. How much he participated Thursday will be key to his availability for Sunday.

Kroft got in a full session on Wednesday and looks poised to start at tight end while Tyler Eifert is out. Speaking of, Eifert was working on the rehab field Thursday, something he's been doing for several weeks now. It remains unclear when he'll return from his ankle surgery.

Be sure to check back later for the full practice and participation report for both the Bengals and Jets from Thursday.