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Mixon and Kroft were doing rehab work on the side field.
If Burfict, Vigil and Minter can’t go against the Vikings, the Bengals will need to bring up undrafted rookie Brandon Bell and/or recently signed free agent Carl Bradford from the practice squad with Vinny Rey and rookies Jordan Evans and Hardy Nickerson being the only other linebackers currently on the 53-man roster.
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That’s bad news for a defense that ranks 32nd against the run after surrendering 232 rushing yards to the Bears in Sunday’s 33-7 loss.
Five players were limited in practice, including running back Giovani Bernard with a knee injury. The others were defensive end Carlos Dunlap (chest), tackle Cedric Ogbuehi (shoulder), defensive tackle Pat Sims (heel) and safety Shawn Williams (hamstring).
Williams has missed the last three games and four of five.