The Bengals' 2015 No. 1 draft pick and 21st overall selection, left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi, is due to make his practice debut Tuesday at Paul Brown Stadium, 194 days after he was taken in the NFL Draft.
The Bengals are beginning preparations for the Houston Texans for a Monday Night Football game one week from today at PBS.
There has been no official word from the team regarding Ogbuehi being added to the 53-man roster in time for the game.
It seems doubtful, as the Bengals are bringing along Ogbuehi slowly as he bounces back from an ACL tear in his knee suffered in his last college game at Texas A&M.
With Andrew Whitworth holding down the starting left tackle spot and signed for one more season after this to do the same, the Bengals are in no hurry to activate Ogbuehi from the non-football injury (NFI) list. They have three weeks to make a decision on his status, once he practices.
With Whitworth around, they don't need to rush Ogbuehi into the lineup, and they have few reasons to play him much at all this season.
However, the team is eager to get the rookie lineman up to speed with team concepts and into some simulated game action even though they’re not in a hurry to see him in real games.
Ogbuehi said he was ready to practice a month ago, but the Bengals are being cautious with precious cargo.
Whitworth said that Ogbuehi is ready to roll as an NFL player
“He’s ready to practice," Whitworth told the team's official website. "And I’m excited for him."
Ogbuehi said he has been paying attention to captain Whitworth since he arrived in Cincinnati.
“He told me to believe in your techniques,” said Ogbuehi. “Be patient and confident with the techniques, and don’t do anything differently.”