New contract in hand, Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Jonathan Fanene returned to Georgetown on Tuesday night. He watched from the sidelines, however, with a number of teammates who were held out of Tuesday's session.
Head coach Marvin Lewis pulled no punches when asked about Fanene after practice.
"I guess as he was negotiating the contract, he was too busy on the phone and didn't get in the gym very often. He has to get himself where the other guys are. We don't want to rush him into contact until we've had a chance to hone him into shape."
Fanene joined a host of other "walking wounded" who watched Tuesday's action from the sidelines. Tight end Jermaine Gresham remained out of practice for the second straight day along with the majority of the receiving corps. The Bengals brought in former UFL and Jay Gruden player Calvin Russell to have more players dressed at wide receiver.
On the field, AJ Green continues to shine, making an impressive over the shoulder grab against Leon Hall. Both the receivers and Andy Dalton looked more comfortable against the increased press coverage being employed by Mike Zimmer's defense.
The offense also converted four of five tries during goal line drills. Cedric Benson and Bernard Scott carried the load with Jay Finley out.
On the defensive side, Geno Atkins took over as the starter alongside Domata Peko at defensive tackle, while end Carlos Dunlap once again had to leave practice and ice his knee.
The team will be on the field Wednesday at 2:45 for their second to last appearance at Georgetown.