Bengals QB Campbell returns to practice

August, 18, 2014
Aug 18
4:11
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CINCINNATI -- After a week out of the rotation, quarterback Jason Campbell returned to the Cincinnati Bengals' practices Monday afternoon, giving the team three reasonably healthy signal-callers once again.

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John Rieger/USA TODAY SportsBengals quarterback Jason Campbell sits on the ground after being hit in his throwing elbow by a Chiefs player in their Aug. 7 preseason game.
The team's No. 4 quarterback, Tyler Wilson -- added to the roster after Campbell's bruised elbow came in Week 1 of the preseason -- didn't practice after suffering a head injury near the end of Saturday's 25-17 preseason loss to the Jets.

Late Monday morning, before practice, Campbell told reporters he was hopeful about playing Sunday when the Bengals visit Arizona in arguably the most important game of the preseason. The Week 3 game typically is the one in which the starters and second-string offense see their most extended action of the preseason. Since Campbell hasn't had many opportunities to play and practice in the past week, he's hoping to play to show he's better than the two-interception performance that spoiled his brief outing against the Chiefs two weeks ago.

"That's my goal, is to be able to get some reps and get back on the field," the Bengals' No. 2 quarterback said. "I really want to get back out there and build some chemistry with these guys. I know I have a lot of experience, but at the same time timing is everything in the passing game."

Campbell went 6-for-15, passing for 72 yards and two touchdowns and two interceptions in the preseason opener at Kansas City. He had a passer rating of 55.4 when he left after being struck hard in his throwing elbow by a defender's helmet.

He said that he would not have been able to play in last Saturday's game against the Jets because the swelling in his elbow hadn't quite gone down. When he arrived for treatment early Monday, he said it had gone down considerably.

During the open portion of the pad-less, shorts only workout -- the Bengals' first practice since training camp ended last week -- Campbell was throwing like the other quarterbacks. He didn't seem to be visibly favoring his elbow.

"I'm doing a lot better," Campbell said.

Here's a look at the rest of the Bengals' unofficial injury update (the team isn't expected to put out an official report until the regular season begins):

Returned to practice
CB Dre Kirkpatrick (hip)
RB Jeremy Hill (shoulder)*

Appeared to be limited
LB Sean Porter (knee)
QB Jason Campbell (elbow)

At practice, in jersey but not practicing
CB Darqueze Dennard (hip)*
TE Tyler Eifert (shoulder)
DE Dontay Moch (undisclosed)
WR James Wright (ankle)*

Not practicing
QB Tyler Wilson (head)*
LB J.K. Schaffer (head)*
WR Marvin Jones (foot)
QB AJ McCarron (shoulder)
OL Mike Pollak (knee)
RB Rex Burkhead (knee)*
*Denotes injury that occurred in Saturday's game against the Jets.

Coley Harvey

ESPN Cincinnati Bengals reporter

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