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Bobby Hart not working at Bengals’ Thursday practice

Could this pave the way for Jake Fisher or Cedric Ogbuehi to start against the Panthers?

NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

It turns out Bobby Hart was battling an illness and should be fine for Sunday.

As you were.

It may only be Week 3, but the Bengals are starting to get hit hard on the injury front.

After losing Billy Price and Joe Mixon for at least a few games, the Bengals may now have an issue at right tackle, as Bobby Hart was unable to get in a full practice on Thursday.

Hart wasn’t even listed on the injury report on Wednesday, so whatever he’s dealing with is a new issue. He may have something minor that the team is being cautious with, but if it’s something that could sideline him Sunday, it’s going to be interesting to see how the Bengals handle the right tackle spot.

Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher both got chances to compete for that spot, though Fisher is now the backup left tackle, while Ogbuehi has been inactive for the first two games. That likely indicates that Fisher is the first man up at left or right tackle, so he figures to have the slight edge for it if Hart is out.

Frankly, Hart needs to be benched as it is. He’s arguably the NFL’s worst starting offensive lineman through two weeks, and it’s hard to see Fisher being any worse.

We’ll keep you posted if anything else comes of this.