-Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis wouldn't reveal right tackle Jake Fisher's season-ending illness, but he said at his Wednesday news conference his initial impression is doesn't think it is career-threatening.
Lewis said the medication Fisher is going to be using isn't conducive to a contact sport...
-Eric Winston arrived to take Fisher's roster spot with 33 games in the system during the past three seasons, as well as all of this past preseason before he was released. Even though the Bengals changed offensive coordinators ten days after final cuts, Winston didn't notice much of a difference after the morning walk-through. He said he looked at the installation sheet for Sunday's game in Tennessee (1 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 19) and said he saw only two elements he didn't recognize …
-Special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons isn't sure who he'll have for a kicker in Nashville. Randy Bullock couldn't go because of a back issue last Sunday in Jacksonville even though he kicked Thursday in practice was fine. But he woke up with a tight back Friday and they couldn't take the risk he'd do the same the morning of the game.
"Or what if he tweaked his back injury?" Simmons asked of the opening kickoff.
Then Simmons went out to practice on Wednesday and he didn't have Bullock. That's why they've got two kickers on the roster and why Marshall Koehn kicked in his first NFL game because Bullock couldn't go Sunday.
Simmons said the key is to see how Bullock kicks and then recovers …
-Simmons praised Koehn's leg strength, which produced a kickoff to the Jags 5 following a 15-yard penalty …
-Koehn has kicked in the two previous preseasons, but this was his first regular-season shot and he delivered when he drilled the opening kickoff out of the end zone on a line drive.
"It's pretty special. It's kind of nerve-wracking, but once you get that first one you settle in," Koehn said …
The Bengals called him last Tuesday morning after Bullock surfaced with a back problem. He was all set to go bow hunting for deer in his hometown of Solon, Iowa, before the phone call caught him. He said if he was hunting when the call came he'd still have taken it. "(The phone) would just be on quiet." …
-Running back Jeremy Hill, who was a late scratch Sunday after injuring his ankle in Saturday's practice, didn't work Wednesday. Neither did defensive tackle Pat Sims, who hurt his hamstring early on Sunday and Andrew Billings ended up taking career-high 48 snaps. Also out Wednesday were safety Shawn Williams (hamstring) and linebacker Kevin Minter (elbow).
Hill's ankle injury is a bit mystifying after he was a late scratch in Jacksonville last Sunday. Lewis said Hill dinged it during Saturday's practice. On Wednesday Hill said he's been dealing with it since last season, when he missed the only game of his career in the season finale.
_Slot receiver Tyler Boyd (knee), who has missed the last three games since spraining an MCL back on Oct. 8, returned to the field for the first time in limited fashion Wednesday. Also limited was middle backer Vontaze Burfict (Thigh), right end Michael Johnson (Back), wide receiver Brandon LaFell (Hamstring), and defensive lineman Chris Smith (Ankle).
Mixon Holds Second Annual Football Camp
Joe Mixon's football camp was held at his high school in California.
Record sack race underway
Carl Lawson is one of the many guys happy to see voluble and valued veteran left end Carlo Dunlap surface for this week's mandatory minicamp. Lawson, who usually sets up at right end on passing downs, nearly broke Dunlap's rookie sack record last season and he likes the competition. And on Tuesday he offered a challenge to a guy he calls "like an older brother to me."
Bengals 2018 Training Camp Opens Thursday, July 26
Bengals fans will get their first chance to see this year's team up close when Bengals Training Camp, presented by Fifth Third Bank, kicks off on Thursday, July 26.
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Scrutiny is mandatory for offense
Just the presence of the very large Cordy Glenn at left tackle at Tuesday's start of mandatory minicamp is evidence of the effort to shore up the offense since he arrived via trade for a first-rounder. But the hopes of a little-used role player also reflect how this offense may be changed by as much philosophy as looks. Remember Ryan Hewitt, the forgotten fullback?