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Bengals first round pick Billy Price on the field at rookie minicamp despite injury

This is very good news for the Bengals’ first-round selection, as he’s already getting work at his first rookie minicamp while recovering from his pec injury.

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Billy Price is back on the field sooner than expected.

On Friday, Price was seen going through drills at the Bengals rookie minicamp.

This is a very big development for both the Bengals and Price, as he was expected to miss OTAs while recovering from his partially-torn pectoral muscle. Price definitely isn’t a full participant and likely isn’t doing much, but it’s great to see him on the field with his new teammates.

Price was believed to be progressing enough that he would be cleared for the start of training camp, so seeing him already on the field, albeit in a pad-less OTA session, is a very positive development.

It also reinforces the Bengals’ decision to take the former Ohio State Buckeye with the 21st pick in this year’s NFL Draft. Many experts thought Price was a reach at 21, partially become there was still some concern he could miss part of training camp while recovering from an injury that takes months to recover from.

Now, he’s on the field getting in his first NFL work, and that’s a great sight to see for the Bengals.