Maualuga At Practice After Missing Browns

Cincinnati linebacker Rey Maualuga returned to practice Tuesday after sitting out Thursday night's win over Cleveland with a calf injury.

Rookie offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi and linebacker Sean Porter are back at Bengals practice following injury rehab, but they weren't the only ones returning to workouts this week following injury.

Veteran middle linebacker Rey Maualuga (calf) also returned to practice Tuesday. Maualuga missed Thursday night’s game against Cleveland.

Ogbuehi (knee/NFI list) and Porter (knee/PUP list) are in a 21-day window (starting with Tuesday’s first practice) with regard to the Bengals deciding if they will be activated to the 53-man roster or put on season-ending injured reserve.

Cincinnati's goal is getting Maualuga, a solid run-stopper, on the field at the same time as Burfict (knee), who also worked Tuesday.

Burfict left Thursday's game briefly in the first quarter. He limped off the field while showing deference to his micro-surgically-repaired kneecap.

The Cincinnati defense has had just one snap with both Burfict and Maualuga on the field in the two games since Burfict made his return Nov. 1 at Pittsburgh. It was Burfict's first game in more than a year.

Also on the injury front, starting offensive linemen Andre Smith (concussion) and Kevin Zeitler (foot) did not practice Tuesday. Wednesday was a day off for the team.

Smith also missed Thursday’s game against the Browns. He's in post-concussion protocol, and can't suit up until passing a battery of tests.

Zeitler hurt his foot Thursday night, but stayed in the game while playing in pain. Zeitler went through some rehab drills on the side Tuesday.

Thursday is the unbeaten Bengals' first big practice of the week. More could be known then about the status of Smith and Zeitler for Monday night's home game against defensive terror J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans (3-5).

The Bengals (8-0) are one of seven teams in the league that have not allowed Watt a sack in his NFL career.

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