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Tuesday Update

Updated: 10:35 p.m.

Fullback Jeremi Johnson returned to practice Tuesday evening as the Bengals resumed practice at Paul Brown Stadium. Johnson, fighting weight issues, missed all of training camp.

But the backfield was still minus running back Rudi Johnson and his tight hamstring. After working out with the strength staff, he said there was a possibility he'd make his preseason debut Saturday night against the Saints.

Also out again was wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh (hamstring) and it doesn't look he'll go Saturday. Safety Herana-Daze Jones (muscle) returned for the first time since the first days of camp.

Wide receiver Chad Johnson (shoulder) isn't expected to play in the last two preseason games and while he triumphantly showed quarterback Carson Palmer that he could raise both arms over his head in the locker room Tuesday night, rumblings still persist he might be out several weeks.



"I don't know," said offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski, reiterating what Marvin Lewis said after Sunday's game. "I think we're just going to rehab it for two weeks and see how he responds."

Rookie receiver Andre Caldwell (foot) was also missing and he said he had a turf toe problem, which he is hopeful will be cleared up in time for the opener.

Rookie defensive tackle Pat Sims apparently has the same thing. Both are in a boot on crutches. Bratkowski said he's trying to move guys around to different spots in case somebody else goes down.

"That's where we are right now. There's nothing to do but work with these guys and make sure they're functional," Bratkowski said. "We're working Glenn Holt as the inside slot guy, which he's done before and having a guy like Marcus Maxwell move back and forth from X and Z."

Sans Henry the club worked on a new grass field that has been installed in place of the Astroturf field.

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