Cincinnati Bengals left tackle Orlando Brown Jr. was back at practice today as the team began preparations for its post-bye game at San Francisco on Sunday.
Brown, who left the team’s Oct. 15 win against Seattle with a groin injury, did not participate in Monday’s walkthrough but was present. Afterward, he said it was just a scheduled extra day of rest, and he expected to practice today.
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Head coach Zac Taylor said during his pre-practice news conference that he wasn’t sure to what extent Brown would practice today, but he said he was encouraged by the progress.
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“He’s probably progressing better than we thought he would last week,” he said.
Brown said he reaggravated the injury in the first quarter, and by the end of the third, he knew he couldn’t continue playing. Cody Ford, his former teammate at the University of Oklahoma, replaced him, playing his first snaps at left tackle since high school.
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The Bengals have had the same five offensive linemen start all six games this year, with right tackle Jonah Williams, right guard Alex Cappa, center Ted Karras, and left guard Cordell Volson joining Brown.
Last year, the Bengals had the same five linemen start each of the first 15 games before La’el Collins, Alex Cappa, and Jonah Williams suffered injuries that ultimately forced the Bengals to play the Divisional Round contest against the Bills and the AFC Championship Game against the Chiefs with backups at three of the five spots.
The only player not participating today was linebacker/special teamer Akeem Davis-Gaither, but he was working on the side rehab field for the first time during a portion of practice open to the media.
Davis-Gaither injured his knee in practice leading up to the Week 3 game against the Rams. He played in that contest but has missed each of the last three.
Taylor described him as “week to week” on Oct. 13.
The Bengals will release the injury report at about 4 p.m. today, and we’ll get a better idea of how much work Brown was able to do and whether cornerback Chidobe Awuzie or anyone else was limited.
Awuzie has been battling a back injury and is still less than a year removed from the ACL tear he suffered last Halloween at Cleveland.
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