Bengals LB Rey Maualuga, CB Terence Newman return to practice Thursday

10/25/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsThe Cincinnati Bengals continue to get healthier at multiple positions this week with two key defenders returning to practice on Thursday, only a day after the Andrew Hawkins practiced for the first time since being placed on the recallable injured reserve with ankle injury. Joining Hawkins – who was practicing for a second straight day – on the practice field Thursday were linebacker Rey Maualuga and cornerback Terence Newman.
Even though Maualuga and Newman did not practice with the team on Wednesday, both still worked out on the sidelines. Maualuga was part of the injuries that piled up for the Bengals after their Week 7 loss to the Detroit Lions. The fifth-year pro left late in the second half with a hamstring injury and did not return to assist the Bengals in closing a 27-24 win over the Lions. Newman was listed as having an ankle injury in Wednesday’s report, but he has also been dealing with hip and abdomen issues over the past month.
Both Maualuga and Newman practiced on limited basis Thursday but barring any setbacks, the Cincinnati Bengals expect them to play Sunday against the New York Jets.
While the Bengals got two players back from Wednesday’s injury report, they are still down two players from that list. Wide receiver Marvin Jones sat out practice for the second time in as many days.  Jones suffered a shoulder injury during a second-quarter touchdown reception touchdown reception against the Lions. However, he did work on his own conditioning drills Thursday.
Also joining him on the “did not practice” list was running back Rex Burkhead, who was limited in practice the day before due to a calf injury. However, Burkhead probably might have already been a game-day inactive for Sunday.
Defensive end Wallace Gilberry, who fully participated in Wednesday’s practice, was also shut down for Thursday’s session.
In addition to these five players, cornerback Leon Hall and defensive tackle Devon Still also made Thursday’s injury report as those who did not practice. The Bengals have already ruled out Hall and Still for Sunday’s game.
In fact, Hall is considered a likely candidate for the injured reserve, after suffering an injury against the Lions that trainers believe is a season-ending Achilles tear. The Bengals have not made the move official yet.
As for the Jets’ injury report, defensive back Antonio Allen (groin, finger), wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (hamstring), offensive lineman Nick Mangold (ribs), tight end Jeff Cumberland (hamstring), receiver Greg Salas (knee) and tight end Konard Reuland practiced on limited basis Thursday.
Receiver Santonio Holmes (hamstring) did not practice at all.
However, returning to practice after absence due to health issues were Jets’ players: linebacker Quinton Coples (ankle), receiver Josh Cribbs (knee), defensive back Antonio Cromartie (hip), linebacker Garrett McIntyre (knee), defensive back Darrin Walls (shoulder), receiver David Nelson (hamstring) and defensive back Dee Milliner(hamstring) and defensive lineman Kenrick Ellis (back).
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