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Bengals down seven in Wednesday practice

11/13/2013

CINCINNATI -- As they enter their 11th straight week of competition, the Cincinnati Bengals continue to limp along.

After back-to-back-to-back games in which the Bengals lost some of their best defensive players to injury, they were without seven Wednesday when this week's practices officially began.

Defensive tackles Brandon Thompson and Devon Still, linebackers Rey Maualuga and Vontaze Burfict, cornerback Chris Crocker, center Kyle Cook and offensive guard Kevin Zeitler did not participate in the workout. Still and Maualuga likely will be out the rest of this week and all of next week during the Bengals' bye as they eye Week 13 returns. Still has been out recovering from a dislocated elbow since Cincinnati's 27-24 win at Detroit last month, and Maualuga has been nursing an MCL sprain the past three weeks.

Thompson and Zeiter have lower leg injuries that came in Sunday's 20-17 overtime loss at Baltimore. Both have sported walking boots in the days since the game. It isn't yet clear how much time either will miss or even if they will be out this Sunday when Cleveland comes to town. The Browns beat the Bengals 17-6 when the teams played in September.

Burfict, who left with an injury at one point in the game, likely will return to practices later this week. Often this season, he has missed the first day of a weekly practice, only to return in later days.

There was some good news for the Bengals on the injury front. Tight end Jermaine Gresham, who was declared inactive Sunday, was back practicing for the first time since last Wednesday. He missed the end of last week with a groin injury. He tried to play Sunday, but trainers and coaches weren't completely sold on his pregame work and decided to keep him on the bench.

In addition to Gresham's presence, linebacker Michael Boley returned. He came back after missing the last two weeks with a nagging hamstring injury. Left offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth, who had been cleared last week to take every Wednesday off, also practiced.

Here is Cincinnati's full injury report:

DID NOT PRACTICE

LB Rey Maualuga (knee)

DT Devon Still (elbow)

LB Vontaze Burfict (knee)

C Kyle Cook (shoulder)

DT Brandon Thompson (ankle)

OG Kevin Zeitler (foot)

CB Chris Crocker (hamstring)

LIMITED PRACTICE PARTICIPATION

LB Michael Boley (hamstring)

CB Terence Newman (ankle)

FULL PRACTICE PARTICIPATION

TE Jermaine Gresham (groin)