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Notes: Prepping for big weekend


The Bengals' regular-season practice schedule rolled into Thursday as they prepped for Jacksonville with a late-morning workout in shoulder pads as the starters play their longest stints before the Sept. 11 opener against the Jets at MetLife Stadium.

Right tackles Cedric Ogbuehi (toe) and Jake Fisher (ankle) continued to sit and worked on the stationery bike in the early part of practice. Meanwhile, tight ends Tyler Eifert (ankle) and Tyler Kroft (knee) again went through drills on the rehab field with cornerback Darqueze Dennard (ankle), wide receiver Mario Alford (ankle), linebacker Vontaze Burfict (unknown) and rookie guard Alex Redmond (unknown).

"These three to four days prior to the game are good for us," said head coach Marvin Lewis earlier this week. " It's also helpful for the young players, new players, and the draft picks particularly, to get a feel for what the regular-season schedule will be like."

TASTE OF CALI: Before Thursday's practice in the team room, Lewis addressed the contingent from St. John Bosco Prep of Bellflower, Calif., in town to play Cincinnati's St. Xavier High School Saturday as part of the Crosstown Showdown.

The school tweeted a photo of Bosco safety Jaiden Woodbey "with legendary Cincinnati DB Adam "Pacman" Jones," in the weight room.

"I've been to a lot of college practices, but not an NFL practice. It's great to be able to be this close," said junior quarterback Re-Al Mitchell.

Mitchell knows all about Bengals quarterbacks Andy Dalton and Andy Dalton ("I'm a big TCU fan"), but he probably knows more about St. X.

"All I know is from what I've studied," Mitchell said. "I'm excited."

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