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Thursday update

Posted: 2:15 p.m.

The Bengals are slowly making strides on the injury front. A day after getting running back Rudi Johnson back from a hamstring injury, running back Kenny Watson (concussion) and defensive end Justin Smith (hamstring) returned to practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday. Johnson participated fully in practice Thursday for the second straight day.

The other two listed on the official injury report as not practicing Wednesday - defensive tackle John Thornton (neck) and linebacker Caleb Miller (back) - also did not suit up Thursday.

Also not on the field Thursday was wide receiver Chad Johnson (ankle), although he looks to be just resting similar to the way he did last week before practicing fully on Friday.

When the injury report came out after practice, Smith was listed as limited in the workout as was safety Herana-Daze Jones (shoulder) for the second straight day. Both Watson and Rudi Johnson went full go.

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