The Bengals got a wealth of good news on Monday in terms of players battling injury.
Earlier in the day, the team activated linebacker Vontaze Burfict off of the Active Non-Football Injury list.
Then as Monday’s camp session began, we learned that wide receiver Auden Tate, quarterback Logan Woodside and wide receiver Josh Malone had all returned to practice.
Woodside has been dealing with an undisclosed issue that kept him sidelined for the past week of action. The seventh-round pick out of Toledo is just hoping to earn a spot on the practice squad at this point, though a good showing in the preseason could put him in contention for a third quarterback spot if the Bengals keep that many.
Tate, who suffered a concussion last week, has been one of the biggest surprises of offseason workouts and training camp. The seventh-round pick out of Florida State has looked every bit like a player that should be on the 53-man roster come Week 1 with no questions asked. His performance likely attributed to the release of Brandon LaFell.
However, a good showing in OTAs and training camp has to be followed up with a good preseason for Tate to feel secure about his roster spot.
The same can be said of Malone, a fifth-round pick in 2017 that has looked great this year. He too has been one of the stars of training camp, so much that it looked like his spot on the 53-man roster was secured until he suffered a hamstring injury.
Thankfully, it was minor, and he could be active Thursday in the Bengals’ preseason opener.