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Monday's late-afternoon practice at West Carrollton High just outside Dayton, Ohio, started on a sour note for the Bengals after the team announced that receiver Marvin Jones had a broken-bone injury that required a pin to be inserted into the fifth metatarsal of his left foot. The injury happened in Saturday's scrimmage, and came less than a week after Jones had been medically cleared to play from another injury. Read more at the link above.
Along with Jones' absence, the Bengals also were without running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis on Monday. Lewis said after practice that he was "sick." They were the only two players who didn't make the one-hour trip north. Defensive tackle Domata Peko (head), defensive end Wallace Gilberry (leg), quarterback Jason Campbell (elbow), linebacker Sean Porter (knee), quarterback AJ McCarron (shoulder) and offensive tackle Andre Smith (head) were in attendance Monday, but did not participate. Lewis said Peko had been placed under the concussion protocol, joining Smith. While those players didn't practice, there was one notable addition: linebacker J.K. Schaffer. The second-year player was cleared off the concussion protocol Monday.
In addition to Schaffer's return on defense, offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth slid into 11-on-11 drills for the first time this camp. Whitworth had been held out of practices until last Monday, when he returned with Jones and a few others off preseason injury lists. One day before camp began, Whitworth strained a calf while working on conditioning drills. Until Monday, he had spent the last week working solely on position-specific drills. "I felt like a little kid who hadn't had a chance to get on the playground," Whitworth said. "To get a chance to get out there and get in with everybody felt good." As he took first-team reps at his normal left tackle position, the player who had replaced him, Marshall Newhouse, moved over to right tackle to fill Smith's shoes. Smith's former replacement, Will Svitek, slipped down to the second-team unit. Lewis didn't rule out Whitworth's and Gilberry's availability Saturday when the Bengals host the New York Jets.
Linebacker Vontaze Burfict had a busy day. In addition to continuing to dominate by making sideline-to-sideline "stops" in the shoulder pads-only practice, he intercepted a pass off third-string quarterback Tyler Wilson, who practiced for the first time since getting signed Saturday. Along with the interception, Burfict also was part of a scary moment when he hit rookie running back James Wilder Jr. hard on a 7-on-7 screen pass across the middle. Wilder went to the ground immediately, as Burfict held his hands out as if in disbelief that he hit him so hard. Teammates and trainers crowded around Wilder immediately, but after about two minutes, he walked off the field on his own power. About three minutes later, he jogged back on the field.
The high-school practice took Whitworth back to his days roving the sidelines at West Monroe High in Louisiana. "It’s just a break in the monotony," he said. "You might not love the bus ride up thinking you’re going to practice. But once you get here, it’s just a break in the norm, and adds a little different feel. You get in and you do it and head on back." The Bengals estimate 7,000 watched the practice on the school's two-month-old artificial turf field.
Up next: The Bengals are back at Paul Brown Stadium on Tuesday, practicing at 3 p.m. ET.