Roundup: Bryant continues to miss time for Bengals

There continues to be intrigue coming out of Bengals training camp.

Most observers agree WR Antonio Bryant has been less than full speed due to lingering knee issues, and Bryant himself has admitted to dealing with something nagging. The thinking among many, including our own Solomon Wilcots, is that the level of concern over Bryant directly led to the signing of Terrell Owens.

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis had downplayed the concern over Bryant. But that concern may be raised, given the Bengals announced via Twitter that Bryant missed his fourth straight practice on Saturday. The team didn’t reveal why.

It could simply be the Bengals want to limit the wear-and-tear on Bryant’s knee, but missing four straight practices gets our attention.

Here are a few other notable items:

  • According to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the left tackle spot for the Rams is up for grabs between last year’s second overall pick Jason Smith, and the team’s second-round pick this year, Rodger Saffold.
  • Second-year pro Malcolm Jenkins could push veteran Darren Sharper at free safety, says Jeff Duncan of The New Orleans Times-Picayune.
  • It’s Brian Hartline’s job to lose opposite Brandon Marshall, suggests Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald. Davone Bess and Greg Camarillo are the main competition. OLB Cameron Wake is also working with the first team.
  • The Texans placed TE Owen Daniels on the PUP list, but he’s still on schedule to play in the season opener.
  • The Jaguars will limit WR Mike Sims-Walker to one practice per day, according to The Florida Times-Union. New DE Aaron Kampman said earlier in the week he’s under the same plan as he returns from ACL surgery.
  • Chiefs OG Brian Waters passed his conditioning test, but sat out practice with an undisclosed injury. Darryl Harris took his pace with the first team.
  • The Packers are concerned about Atari Bigby’s ankle issue, and Morgan Burnett is in the driver’s seat to start at strong safety, writes Greg A. Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
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