To Bengals, Health Is Wealth

How many NFL teams can say this: The robust and unbeaten Cincinnati Bengals had one player who sat out practice Thursday because of injury.

The Bengals are one player short of being a completely healthy football team.

How often do you hear that in the NFL?

Indeed, the Bengals' 8-0 start has been sustained not only by good play but also with the good fortune of having excellent health.

To that end, there was one sole player -- starting right tackle Andre Smith -- who did not participate because of injury in Thursday's full-scale practice at Paul Brown Stadium.

Smith is in post-concussion protocol, and his status for the next game is uncertain.

The Bengals are ramping up to the 8:30 p.m. nationally televised Monday Night Football contest against the Houston Texans at PBS.

Left tackle Andrew Whitworth and cornerback Leon Hall were not on the practice field Thursday. They are healthy, with no new injury reports, and probably taking a veteran's day off.

Rookie offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi (knee) continued to practice with few limitations, as did middle linebacker Rey Maualuga (calf), who missed Week 9's Browns game. Linebacker Vontaze Burfict (knee) was limited as was starting right guard Kevin Zeitler.

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