SAM backer Rashad Jeanty (foot) returned to practice Friday and the Bengals looked pretty healthy save for the players already scratched for Sunday's game against the Jaguars: Carson Palmer, Andre Caldwell, and Jerome Simpson, as well as safety Dexter Jackson, placed on injured reserve Thursday.
Head coach Marvin Lewis reiterated after Friday's practice that Marvin White moves back into the lineup to replace Jackson. Chris Crocker, a safety with 80 NFL games under his belt, took Jackson's spot on the roster.
Lewis said he was trying to get Crocker into Cincinnati on Tuesday from a workout in Detroit but couldn't get him in until Wednesday, when Jackson surfaced on the injury report. The club likes Crocker's experiece and the fact he played in Mike Zimmer's defense in Atlanta last year.
"He knows the verbiage and terminology and he's able to step in and play," Lewis said.
Defensive tackle John Thornton cut his teeth in the torrid Titans-Jaguars rivalry early in the decade when the teams dominated the old AFC Central. He still thinks 32-year-old Fred Taylor is one of the most dangerous and quickest backs in the league.
"If he hadn't had all those injuries, he would have already broken the all-time record," Thornton said. "The guy still stops and starts better than anyone in the league. Nobody ever heard of him and it's too bad. He played on a passing team in a small market."
Right end Antwan Odom had a good game against the Jags in last year's opener when he racked up Taylor for a three-yard loss and a sack of quarterback David Garrard in the fourth quarter of a 13-10 Tennessee win.