Quick Hits: Jerry Returns; Ross Hits Next Gear

John Ross says things are looking up.
John Ross says things are looking up.

The Bengals before Monday's practice signed back 33-year-old lineman John Jerry, their oldest player on offense, and swapped out 22-year-old rookie free-agent tackle O'Shea Dugas for injured reserve. That makes Dugas (knee) eligible to return after the eighth game. The move doesn't do much to the Bengals' average roster age on Opening Day. It moves slightly from 25.2 to 25.4, still younger than last year's 25.9.

- Starting left tackle Cordy Glenn was still in concussion protocol on Monday.

- Wide receiver A.J. Green (ankle) is still in a boot and in the protocol of not talking to the media. But he said he'll deliver an update next week.

- No surprise. Newly claimed running back Samaje Perine is lockered next to good friend Joe Mixon after the old Oklahoma backfield has been re-united via the waiver wire. It came with Mixon's weather alert.

"They used to call me 'Lightning,' and him 'Thunder,'" Mixon said.

Perine holds one record Mixon didn't get in Norman. Not even Heisman Trophy winner Billy Sims. All-time rushing yards.

"How about that?" Mixon asked. "He's got more yards than any of those guys."

- No. 1 pick Jonah Williams, put on the physically unable to perform list (PUP) on Saturday with his surgically-repaired shoulder, can't practice for six weeks. But he's hoping his season isn't over and is shooting to make his pro debut in December.

"That's definitely my goal," Williams said. "I'm not thinking about (a timetable). I'm just trying to get better every day and I figure if I do that it will take care of itself."

- Preston Brown and Nick Vigil, the starting nickel linebackers, both say they've never been in a room with just four linebackers. Vigil has been here with seven.

"They've got a plan, we just have to go play," Vigil said.

Brown, who played nearly every snap when he led the NFL in tackles while in Buffalo in 2017, says he was once on a Bills team that had two kickers, so he says it's part of the business and they can make it work with four. It's going to get tested right away in Sunday's opener in Seattle. The Seahawks like to smash the ball, often with a six-man line.

"Can't play nickel against that," Brown said. "We will play some teams that run (double tight ends) and we'll fit it up with Jordan (Evans) and Germaine (Pratt) and as many linebackers as we need."

- Wide receiver John Ross, heading into his second healthy week after coming back from a severe hamstring injury, has told quarterback Andy Dalton that he feels like he's taking it to the next gear after Dalton told him how fast he looks.

It's picture day at Paul Brown Stadium as the team gets together for the 2019 team photo. Take a look behind-the-scenes.

- It was picture day at Paul Brown Stadium and there were some strange jersey combos lurking. Rookie wide receiver Damion Willis is going to wear No. 15, but the recently released Hunter Sharp's name was on the back. The camera only knows the front of the jersey on picture day.

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