Bengals Begin Game Prep


After taking their team picture Monday morning the Bengals returned to the Paul Brown Stadium field (site of Sunday's 4:05 p.m. opener against the Chargers on Cincinnati's Local 12) for a walkthrough and then a light, hour-long practice to kick off the week's preparations.

An official injury report won't emerge until after Wednesday's practice, but it appeared head coach Zac Taylor has a shot to get everybody to the gate. Early in practice the only players not working appeared to be eight-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins and strong safety Shawn Williams.

A.J. Green and John Ross filled out the receivers corps, Jordan Evans was back with the linebackers and Darius Phillips back with the corners.

Atkins may be getting rested up for his 11th Opening Day as he stood with the defensive line drills wearing everything but a helmet. He's played in 96 straight games and hasn't missed one since he ended his 2013 season with a torn ACL. Williams injured his calf three weeks ago, but had a robust rehab on the side.

Also at practice was defensive tackle Christian Covington, who arrived Friday via trade. Former Dolphins guard Shaq Calhoun, claimed on waivers Sunday, is in town is apparently still going through protocols.