Bengals without 3 players in first practice after bye

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Gilberry makes practice debut

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Former defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry back in the fold

The Cincinnati Bengals held their first practice after the bye week today at Paul Brown Stadium, and they were without three players.

Starting defensive end Michael Johnson and backup wide receiver James Wright were working on the side rehab field, while starting linebacker Rey Maualuga was not present during the portion open to the media. Maualuga was not in the locker room during the open period prior to practice.

Newly signed defensive end Wallace Gilberry, who played for the Bengals from 2012-15 before signing with Detroit in the offseason, made his official return to the team wearing his old number (95).

Joining Johnson and Wright on the rehab field were rookie cornerback William Jackson and Pro Bowl special teamer Cedric Peerman, both of whom are on Injured Reserve, and defensive tackle Brandon Thompson (Physically Unable to Perform list).

Wallace Gilberry makes his practice debut with the Cincinnati Bengals after officially signing with the team Monday. JAY MORRISON/STAFF
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Wallace Gilberry makes his practice debut with the Cincinnati Bengals after officially signing with the team Monday. JAY MORRISON/STAFF

All three injured players are eligible to return to practice. Thompson’s status isn’t contingent on anything other than medical clearance, but the Bengals will have to choose between Jackson (chest) and Peerman (forearm) as teams can only bring one player back from IR.

The Bengals can make the decision between Jackson and Peerman at any point, but the clock is ticking on Thompson, who tore his ACL in the 2015 season finale.

The team has until the Tuesday after Week 11 (Nov. 22) to return Thompson to practice or place him on season-ending IR. If Thompson returns to practice, the Bengals have three weeks to add him to the active 53-man roster, waive him or place him on season-ending IR.

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