The Cincinnati Bengals were back on the field on Sunday for Day 3 of training camp.
This marked the first time the team wore shoulder pads for practice, and thus, the first session that featured any real contact.
Here’s a look our biggest takeaways from the third camp practice in Cincinnati.
1) Michael Johnson and Wallace Gilberry remain sidelined
A developing story early in training camp is both Wallace Gilberry and Michael Johnson being unable to practice. After both players took part in Friday’s non-contact session, they’ve now been sidelined for two straight days.
Michael Johnson not dressed second day in a row. Means yesterday probably wasn’t just a vet day off. #Bengals
— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonCMG) July 30, 2017
Gilberry in pads, but also headed to the side field for the second straight day for the #Bengals
— Jim Owczarski (@JimOwczarski) July 30, 2017
Johnson is 30-years-old and has endured a dropoff in his play for two straight years. He accounted for just five sacks in 2015 before getting just 3.5 last season. He also didn’t force a single fumble in 2016 after forcing three in 2015.
Perhaps their absences are nothing serious and the Bengals are just being precautious with a minor injury for their veteran linemen. Johnson is expected to retain his starting defensive end role opposite of Carlos Dunlap, but there are incoming challengers in Jordan Willis, Carl Lawson and Chris Smith who…
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