Running back Bernard Scott remains sidelined with tightness in his hamstrings he's experienced since the second day of camp. That's given plenty of time for the team to get a look at some of the free agents they invited to camp and to let Cedric Benson get back into game shape after coming into camp late.
Tuesday's practice saw Benson score twice during goal line situations. Overall the offense converted three of five opportunities from the two yard line. Safety Reggie Nelson came up big on the other two attempts, stuffing a run in the hole and breaking up a play action pass from Andy Dalton intended for TE Bo Scaife.
Dalton was sharp again today, as reported by Sirius XM radio who has been at practice this week along with ESPN. Dalton connected on four of six passes for 40 yards during the two-minute drill and one of the incompletions was a spike to stop the clock. Bruce Gradkowski and Jordan Palmer were also on target during this portion of practice. Dan LeFevour struggled completing just one of four passes and losing the ball to defensive end Michael Johnson who ripped it from his grasp.
Mike Nugent continued his perfect ways, knocking down both "last second" field goal attempts.
In addition to Scott, wide receivers Andre Caldwell and Quan Cosby remained on the sidelines as well as fullback Fui Vakapuna. They, along with rookie cornerback Korey Lindsey are unlikely to see action Friday against Detroit.
The Bengals practice one last time on Wednesday before traveling to Detroit to face the Lions on Friday night. Marvin Lewis disclosed today that he expects the first team offense to get more snaps than normal in a preseason opener due to the new faces on that side of the ball and the lack of off season work due to the lockout.
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