Good News on the Health Front

Cornerback Johnathan Joseph remains questionable to play Sunday against Dallas but the Bengals got an encouraging sign on Friday as Joseph participated fully in practice for the first time since suffering an ankle injury against Tennessee in Week 2.

Another sign that Joseph could at least see some playing time against the Cowboys, if not start, was the release of rookie Simeon Castille following Friday's practice. Castille had played in the role of nickel back the last two games, with David Jones starting in place of Joseph, but the undrafted rookie from Alabama was waived to make room for linebacker Abdul Hodge.

The Bengals signed Hodge off of their practice squad. Hodge is a third-year player who spent the last two seasons with Green Bay. He played in eight games for the Packers as a rookie in 2006 and spent all last season on the Injured Reserve list with a knee injury. He had 20 tackles for the Packers this preseason but was released on the final cuts.

Hodge (6-0, 236) will fill in the role normally held by Corey Mays, who is doubtful with an ankle injury. Mays, the backup to Dhani Jones at middle linebacker and a key player on special teams, did not practiced at all this week. Jones has been slowed in practice this week with a foot injury but is listed as probable to play. The Bengals signed Hodge to the practice squad on Sept. 16.

Safety Dexter Jackson will miss his fourth consecutive game with a thumb injury.

Running back Kenny Watson returned to practice on a limited basis Friday with a hamstring injury but is questionable to play against Dallas. Head coach Marvin Lewis said that Watson is likely to return to practice full speed next week. The Bengals will use recently acquired Cedric Benson as the primary backup to starter Chris Perry.

Perry, left tackle Levi Jones (knee) and defensive tackle Domata Peko (hand) are all listed as probable for Sunday's game. Perry was listed with a hamstring injury on Wednesday but denied any injury this week, saying instead that the team was just looking for a reason to give him a break from practice for the first time since training camp.


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