The Bengals’ wide receiver room got some good and slightly bad news Sunday as the team hit the field for practice.
Wide receiver John Ross, who was away from the team to tend to his family for the last few weeks, was present and working today at practice. That means he passed his COVID-19 testing and is ready to rock at training camp with his teammates.
A look at Bengals WR John Ross in his first practice since he rejoined the team. pic.twitter.com/6tMPiFSV3p— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) August 23, 2020
Ross is entering the final year of his rookie contract. He needs every rep he can get with new quarterback Joe Burrow to show the former ninth-overall pick can have a big year and deserves an even bigger payday next offseason.
Not all news was good though, as veteran receiver A.J. Green remained sidelined with a hamstring issue that’s kept him sidelined almost a week now. He suffered the injury Monday, though it was reportedly just a tweak that shouldn’t sideline him too long.
After Green missed effectively all of the 2019 season with an ankle injury suffered on Day 1 of training camp, the Bengals are probably just being ultra-cautious with their Pro Bowl receiver. Head coach Zac Taylor said he’s seen enough of Green to not worry about him missing practice until Week 1 vs. the Los Angeles Chargers.
We can only hope.