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Update: Bengals sell out; More of Moch; Full Nelson; Hall, Clements probable

Posted Oct 5, 2012


Dontay Moch

Updated: 4:05 p.m.

The Bengals announced Friday their second sellout in as many Paul Brown Stadium games this season, putting Sunday's 1. p.m game against the Dolphins on Cincinnati's Local 12, Channel 7 in Dayton, Ohio, and Channel 27 in Lexington, Ky. The club also said it is "in a great spot" to sell out its next home game, an 8:20 p.m. game against the Steelers on Oct. 21.

A limited number of tickets for the Miami game -- from visiting-team returns and in obstructed-view areas -- remain available. These may be purchased by calling the Bengals Ticket Hotline at 866-621-8383 (TDTD) or clicking here.

“We had a very good week of sales and we thank our fans for their support,” said Andrew Brown, Bengals ticket sales manager, in a news release. “We also want to thank Local 12 (WKRC-TV) for their help in getting us over the top. We are looking forward to a great atmosphere with a full house.”

Brown also said later in the day that single-game ticket sales for the Steelers had been exhausted and that the Bengals are confident they can close in on another sellout.

MORE OF MOCH: What exactly do the Bengals have here with Dontay Moch?

In his first week back since a month-long NFL suspension for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances, Moch is putting a more defined slash between defensive end and SAM backer. A total of 12 pounds.

That's how much weight Moch put on while he served his suspension in the gyms of Clif Marshall (Ignition Sports) and Jim Riggs (Power3) in suburban Cincinnati. The 6-2 Moch, drafted as a 258-pound backer in the third round in 2011, says he's now at 270 pounds.

"I wanted to get more explosive at D-end," Moch said. "But I also did it maintaining my speed and I think I did that."

Just to make sure, Moch, who followed up his 4.4-second 40-yard dash at the scouting combine with a 4.31 at his University of Nevada pro day, lined up for a 40 when his suspension ended Monday at Paul Brown Stadium.

After running a 4.3, he's extremely anxious to get out there. If he can give the Bengals anything close to the rushes from end that he gave them in the preseason with a team-leading 3.5 sacks, that would make the line rotation quite interesting with a man that big and fast.

"I missed (football). I was just putting my toe in the water," Moch said of the preseason. "I'm in good condition, but being in football shape is different shape."

Moch says he's ready, but he's practicing on a roster exemption that ends this coming Monday.  Head coach Marvin Lewis said after Friday's practice they won't activate him for Sunday's game against the Dolphins (1 p.m.-ESPN 1530).

Moch has yet to play in an NFL game after a series of migraine headaches curtailed his rookie season last year. But he says he's had no problems with them this year.

Lewis likes how he came back.

"He really got after it," Lewis said of Moch's month away.

FULL NELSON: Each Bengals defender got a nice greeting when they showed up for work Friday morning. Safety Reggie Nelson handed out iPads to everyone on defense with a simple, "Appreciate you."

Nelson, one of the NFL's biggest winners in free agency this past year, said he got the idea from defensive tackle Domata Peko. Peko has been known to give Christmas gifts to his mates on defense.

"That's cool. It shows that Reggie is looking out for us," Peko said after he hollered out a "Thank you, Uso."

"It shows how close this team is and how much me loves the team and is committed to the team. I really appreciate the gift. It's just more motivation to keep working hard."

SLANTS AND SCREENS

» Cornerback Jason Allen (quad) was the only Bengal that didn't practice Friday and he along with cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (knee) was called doubtful. Everyone else went full in Friday's practice and are probable for Sunday and that includes starting cornerback Leon Hall (hamstring) and starting corner-safety Nate Clements (calf) going full for the first time since their injuries. Hall missed the last two games and Clements missed last week.

WILL backer Vontaze Burfict (hamstring) surfaced on the injury report Thursday, was limited, but was out there Friday full go.

» For Sunday's game the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio is calling for partly cloudy skies and 52 degrees with winds out of the northwest at five to 10 miles per hour and no chance of rain.

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