Notes: Ced working at LT, too; Hue not ready to make call on starting QB; Tez vows to read Hogan

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Jake Fisher is now in the mix at right tackle.

The future of the Bengals' young tackles is week-to-week.

But offensive line coach Paul Alexander had a few definitive thoughts after Wednesday's practice. Cedric Ogbuehi is probably a more natural left tackle, he said, and at some point we'll see him before the end of this season even though he was benched at right tackle for Sunday's 32-14 victory over the Eagles.

Alexander said Ogbuehi is now working at both tackles after struggling in the first 11 games on the right. He's not going to be playing for Pro Bowl left tackle Andrew Whitworth any time soon, certainly not after Alexander said Whitworth is the NFL's best pass protector and getting better each year.

But Ogbuehi could surface again at right tackle and it could be as soon as this Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 12) in Cleveland.

"We're just trying to get through Sunday," Alexander said.

Fisher, who hurt his knee Sunday, went full in Wednesday's practice. Wide receiver A.J. Green (hamstring) went to the rehab field with back-up safety Derron Smith (thigh) while wide receiver James Wright (knee) sat out and wide receiver Brandon LaFell (knee) was limited. Long snapper Clark Harris (groin), who has missed the last two games, went limited.

HUE JAX CITY:  The one thing Bengaldom knows about Browns head coach Hue Jackson is he'll back down from no one anywhere anytime. So it was no surprise on Wednesday's conference call with his old friends in the Cincinnati media that he offered a warning before Sunday's game (1 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 12) in Cleveland.

"You better get us now because it won't be like this always," Jackson said of his 0-12 club. "We've got a lot of work ahead of us. I think we're committed to doing it the right way and the other part of it is you have to do it."

Jackson may or may not be doing it with quarterback Robert Griffin III Sunday. He has yet to make a call between Griffin and Cody Kessler, the rookie the Bengals knocked out with a concussion in their 31-17 victory over Cleveland Oct. 23 at Paul Brown Stadium. Griffin was Jackson's Opening Day starter but never made it out of the opener, when he injured his shoulder.

Jackson would like to see Griffin again before 2017, but …

"I don't want to put a guy in a situation where he's not ready," Jackson said. "That's why I have not made a decision. I need to see more in practice and we need to be working through it before we get to that decision to stick any quarterback out there."

Which ever guy he puts out there, Jackson knows he'll have to be aware of No. 55.

"I could go on and on about this defense but the Pied Piper of that defense is Vontaze (Burfict) and I think he's playing well," Jackson said. "Pacman Jones and Dre (Kirkpatrick)… they're a good football team. They have talented players and they know how to play and I think they're starting to play as a unit."

TEZ READY: On Wednesday, the man Jackson called the "Pied Piper of the Bengals defense says he's ready. On his conference call with the Cleveland media Burfict said he he plans not to lead them down the same path of the Bengals' victory the last time they met.

That's the last time they gave up a 100-yard rusher and it was to an undrafted rookie quarterback who came off the bench for the concussed to Cody Kessler to baffle the Bengals in his NFL debut.

Someone named Kevin Hogan, activated from the practice squad so recently that the Bengals were scrambling to get a scouting report on him.

"We'll be alert when he's in the game," Burfict said. "It did take me by surprise because he was kind of fast. We're just gonna have to have all hats to the ball. And even when they do the zone read, if I have the quarterback, I will let him know that I have the quarterback even if he doesn't have the ball. Just let him feel my presence."

Andy Dalton 2016 Man of the Year Nominee.

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