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A.J. Green back at practice; Joe Mixon and Carlos Dunlap still sidelined

One key Bengal returns to practice, while two others remain out.

NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at Atlanta Falcons Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

A.J. Green is finally making his return to Bengals training camp.

After being sidelined for the last week with a hamstring injury, Green was back at practice Wednesday. It will be his first practice since Aug. 17th. This should alleviate any concern of Green not being ready in two weeks when the Bengals host the Chargers in Week 1.

However, not all news was good on the injury front, as both Carlos Dunlap and Joe Mixon were still sidelined with their injuries. Shawn Williams also remained sidelined but he’s expected to miss another week or two with his calf injury.

Dunlap and Mixon were both held out Tuesday with what are reportedly minor injuries. Seeing them miss two straight days is a tad concerning, especially Mixon since he’s still working on a contract extension with the Bengals. Hopefully, him being held out is precautionary as the two sides look to wrap up a deal.

As for Dunlap, the 31-year-old veteran has looked great in camp thus far. He’s easily the team’s best pass-rusher and will once again be one of the team’s best overall players. He can also afford to miss some practice, so hopefully his issue is something the team is being extra cautious with.

One other note: Projected starting linebacker Jordan Evans suffered a hamstring injury yesterday and is now considered week to week.

“Just a hamstring issue from yesterday when he went down, you were concerned about it, but it turned out to be a hamstring. We’ll list him week-to-week,” head coach Zac Taylor said of Evans following Tuesday’s practice.

With Evans out, that means more reps for rookies Markus Bailey, Akeem Davis-Gaither and Logan Wilson.