The Cincinnati Bengals were back on the practice field Sunday, preparing for their first preseason tilt against the Arizona Cardinals on Friday, August 12th. Catch up on all the Sunday news with our recap.
The Bengals announced, before practice that third-year defensive lineman Khalid Kareem was cleared to practice after being cleared from the physically unable to perform list. ESPN’s Ben Baby got a shot of Kareem early in his first practice back.
Bengals DE Khalid Kareem with some ladder work in his first practice since being activated off the PUP list. pic.twitter.com/XN39AFbmb3— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) August 7, 2022
With Joseph Ossai returning last week, the Bengals defensive line is getting some young, talented depth back in the fold. Kareem showed flashes last season and is looking to build on it.
D’Ante Smith Out
Last week, we saw offensive tackle D’Ante Smith carted off the field with an injury. While we don’t know the extent of the injury, Smith was not participating on Sunday.
#Bengals OL D’Ante Smith who suffered an undisclosed injury last week and was carted off the field is not in pads at practice today but is out here which is a positive sign pic.twitter.com/c34KjJmdYt— Kelsey Conway (@KelseyLConway) August 7, 2022
As Conway points out, Smith was present at practice, but not in pads or participating in team work. We’ll keep an eye on his status as camp progresses, as he spent the day on the rehab field.
Drew Sample at practice with a brace on his left knee. pic.twitter.com/BUQEcmDJ3y— Mike Petraglia (@Trags) August 7, 2022
Mike Zimmer Returns
Well, kind of. Former defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer was at practice today. With no reports of any employment forthcoming, we assume he was just taking in the work of his son. Adam Zimmer was recently added to the Bengals’ coaching staff.
Mike Zimmer at practice today chatting here with Bengals PBP voice Dan Hoard. #RuleTheJungle pic.twitter.com/Jl1YzzlzXh— Mike Petraglia (@Trags) August 7, 2022
Joe Burrow touches a football
Quarterback Joe Burrow was back at practice and fan Jake Lawson caught a glimpse of him off of the cart and talking to the quarterback group. Burrow did return to the cart, but was up and about for much of practice.
@gameonjmoney and I watching QB1 doing goat things pic.twitter.com/yUZvVaAQLi— Jake Lawson (@j_lawson22) August 7, 2022
Well, he did toss the ball around a bit.
Another familiar face, Adam “Pacman” Jones was in attendance Sunday as well. Jones, who is a member of the I Am Athlete Podcast has been attending training camps all across the league, but you can tell this one means a little more.
PAC IS BACK! @REALPACMAN24 pic.twitter.com/osH7svL0cw— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) August 7, 2022
The other stops have provided great content, so Jones being back at home should do the same.
Ocho is back
Keeping the trend of former players and coaches attending, Chad Johnson was in Cincinnati, soaking up some wide receiver drills.
.@ochocinco in the house today hanging out with the #Bengals WR trio pic.twitter.com/vLJQ75hY84— Kelsey Conway (@KelseyLConway) August 7, 2022
We have no official word, but my money is on Ochocinco informing head coach Zac Taylor that he can still play.
Squad pic.twitter.com/zt6BEuLxCw— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) August 7, 2022
The Apple/Chase rivalry is renewed
After what appeared to be a hamstring tweak, cornerback Eli Apple was back working with the first team today. After the playful banter between him and Ja’Marr Chase started last week, Apple had a few days off. Sunday, they were lined up across from one another again, with Chase winning this round.
Ja'Marr Chase with smooth slant on third down on Eli Apple. #RuleTheJungle pic.twitter.com/sbsqp9XDt1— Mike Petraglia (@Trags) August 7, 2022
All in all, it seemed to be a light practice with some legendary former Bengals back in town. No reports of injuries have seemed to surface and there hasn’t been any real indication of which side of the ball “won” the practice.
As the first preseason game approaches, check back for more practice updates throughout the week. As they game plan for Friday, this week may reveal what players have an early leg up on the competition for starting and second-string positions