Bengals Training Camp 2017: 4 takeaways from an injury-plagued Day 3 – Cincinnati Benegals News

Bengals Training Camp 2017: 4 takeaways from an injury-plagued Day 3 – Cincinnati Benegals News

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.

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.

Gilberry is 32 (turns 33 in December) and is fighting for a roster spot, though he figures to have a leg up on guys like Chris Smith and Will Clarke due to his ability to play both end and tackle.

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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