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Update: Only Jones out; Denver injuries

Updated: 3:45 p.m.

Head coach Marvin Lewis said after Friday's practice that everyone but cornerback David Jones (foot) is available for Sunday's 1 p.m. opener at Paul Brown Stadium. Wide receiver Chris Henry (thigh) returned to practice Friday after sitting out Thursday. 

All Bengals but Jones and right tackle Andre Smith (foot) looked to be dressed. Out on the field early was offensive lineman Scott Kooistra (knee) who had been limited Wednesday and Thursday. He also went limited Friday and was listed as questionable. Listed probable after a full practice Friday were Henry, safety Roy Williams (thigh) and quarterback Carson Palmer (ankle).

The Denver injury report still has quarterback Kyle Orton (finger), running back Knowshon Moreno (knee), wide receiver Jabar Gaffney (finger), right guard Chris Kuper (knee) and quarterback Chris Simms (ankle) being limited Friday and questionable. Safety Brian Dawkins (hand) went full go and is probable.  

Before the Bengals announced their sellout for Sunday's opener against Denver at Paul Brown Stadium, defensive tackle Domata Peko said before Friday's practice that he can relate to the fans.

"The (fans) are hungry just like we are," said Peko, one of the defensive captains. "They're waiting for a change. We've been losing and losing and it's time for a change. ... We've got to go out there and prove to these fans that we want to win. Once we start winning those seats will get filled up. We're not worried about that."

Lewis, heading into his seventh opener, knows his team has to prove it every year to fill the seats.

"Until you're perennial champions of the division, champions of the AFC, champions of the world, you have to keep showing them," said Lewis after Friday's practice. "And that's what this is all about.

"I think people are excited about the season here. I think the fans are ready to go. There's nothing negative about them. They're very excited about the season. They know what we've done and they're excited to see this team go out and play and this team is excited to go out and play."

Also before practice, cornerback Leon Hall was asked how quarterback Carson Palmer (ankle) has looked.

"Ever since I've got here he's always looked good," Hall said. "He's looked good. Getting the ball into places you don't think he can get it into."

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