Cedric Ogbuehi To Start Practicing For Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals are close to getting their 2015 first round pick back. Offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi is set to practice for the first time all season on Tuesday. 

“He’s ready to practice and I’m excited for him,” fellow offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth said.

The Bengals spent the 21st overall pick on Ogbuehi, even though the Texas A&M lineman had torn his ACL in the Aggies' bowl game. The Bengals placed him on the Non-Football Injury list at the start of September, meaning he couldn't practice for at least six weeks. 

Once Ogbuehi practices, the team has three weeks to make a decision on what to do with him. The Bengals can leave him on the injured list, cut him or place him on the active roster. During that three week grace period, Ogbuehi can practice without counting against the team's 53-man roster limit. 

The Bengals already have four OTs on the roster in starters Andre Smith and Whitworth and backups Jake Fisher and Eric Winston. Fisher was the team's second round pick this year. Ogbuehi is considered a long-term piece for the Bengals, but the team took him knowing he wasn't going to contribute early. At the very least, expect the Bengals to make full use of the three week practice time. 

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