There is still optimism that Bengals QB Carson Palmer's sprained ankle isn't serious, but the odds of him playing in Thursday night's Paul Brown Stadium opener went longer Saturday when he didn't appear on the field at the beginning of practice. That usually means he's going to spend the workout rehabbing with trainer Nick Cosgray
Talking to reporters before practice, Palmer was non-commital about playing and emphasized the caution with which he wants to approach the coming weeks leading up to the opener.
The same thing seems to be going on with kicker Shayne Graham's groin problem. He didn't practice Saturday and head coach Marvin Lewis said the chances ae the Bengals are going to sign a kicker this week. Graham did run on the field with the trainers.
Graham sounded like he may take at least part of the remaining preseason off to rest his groin injury. He thinks he'll be back for the Sept. 13 opener.