The Cincinnati Bengals took training camp north Monday with a visit to West Carrollton High School, drawing a crowd of 7,000 fans to Dayton Outpatient Center Stadium.
Lines of fans stretched around the fences on both the east and wide sides of the field, with one fan saying she got there at 9 a.m. to be first in line. The games opened at 4 p.m. for the 5:30 practice.
While the venue was different, the format of the practice was the same, with the team going light on 11-on-11 work early before giving the fans a heavy dose of it as practice wore down. And there was one noticeable addition and one major piece missing from the work.
Wide receiver Marvin Jones broke the fifth metatarsal in his left foot in Saturday’s practice and is expected to miss several weeks, but left tackle Andrew Whitworth was back in the mix with the first-team offense for the first time since straining his calf the day before camp began.
The Bengals also were without backup quarterback Jason Campbell, who injured his right elbow in Thursday’s 41-39 loss at Kansas City, as well as a few other notable players in defensive tackle Domata Peko (concussion protocol), defensive end Wallace Gilberry (leg), right tackle Andre Smith (concussion protocol) and linebacker Sean Porter (knee). Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick left practice early with what appeared to be a hip injury.
The practice ran a little longer than expected, but all players stayed after to sign autographs, with Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green being one of the last to leave the field to board the busses back to Cincinnati.
Play of the Day: In what is becoming a regular sight – and sound – linebacker Vontaze Burfict blew up another ball carrier, and this time rookie running back James Wilder was on the receiving end on a screen pass over the middle. Often unapologetic after such hits, Burfict appeared concerned about the way he hit Wilder, with the running back staying on the turf for a few minutes while being looked at by trainers.
Quote of the Day: “It’s just a break in the monotony. 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.” – Bengals left tackle Andrew Whitworth on what is becoming an annual trip to Dayton for a day of camp practice.
On Tap: The Bengals will be back on the Paul Brown Stadium practice fields for the final three days of training camp, beginning today with practice scheduled for 3-5 p.m.