Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap and running back Bernard Scott practiced for the second consecutive day Thursday, although both continue to be limited.
“It’s good to be back out there. It’s been a long time,” said Dunlap, who injured his right knee in the first quarter of the preseason opener against the Jets on Aug. 10. “I’m going to do as much as I can handle, or it (the knee) can handle.”
Dunlap would not speculate on whether he will be able to play Sunday against Cleveland, but he said he doesn’t think he’ll need any extra time to get in game shape once the knee is deemed strong enough to play.
“They’ve been doing a good job of adding conditioning with my rehab, so I feel pretty good,” he said. “But obviously being out there in a game is different than any rehab you can do.”
Scott missed all four preseason games after injuring his hand Aug. 2. His status for Sunday also remains up in the air.
Center Kyle Cook made an appearance in the locker room Thursday after having surgery on his ankle. He was placed on the league’s new injured reserve with a designation for return list last week, which means if the ankle responds quickly enough he would be eligible to return for the eighth game Nov. 4 against Denver.
The only new name on Thursday’s injury list was linebacker Thomas Howard, who was limited with a knee issue.
Moving forward: One of the positives from Monday’s 44-13 loss at Baltimore was the ground game.
Running behind an offensive line that featured two young guards and a new center, BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed 18 times for 91 yards and converted a pair of fourth-and-1 plays, the second of which resulted in a 6-yard touchdown run.
“I think up front we were able to play well, it just wasn’t good enough,” tackle Andrew Whitworth said.
The Bengals gained 129 yards on 28 rushes, none of which resulted in a loss of yardage.
Battle milestone: Sunday’s game will mark the 78th renewal of the Battle of Ohio. The Bengals swept the Browns 27-17 and 23-20 last year to take their largest lead in the series to date at 41-36.
A win Sunday would be the first time either team has led the series by six games. The Browns’ biggest lead was 6-1 after the first meeting of the 1973 season. The Bengals quickly evened things at 6-6 with a five-game winning streak that remains their longest of the series.
Cincinnati enters Sunday’s game having won three in a row against the Browns and six of the last seven. The Bengals also have won seven of the last eight Battle of Ohio contests played at Paul Brown Stadium.
Mays fined: Safety Taylor Mays would not disclose the amount but did confirm he was fined by the NFL for his launching, helmet-to-helmet hit on Baltimore tight end Ed Dickson in the second quarter Monday night.
“I understand it,” he said. “The rule is pretty clear, and I was in violation of it.”
The league will announce the amount of the fine today.