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Shipley making progress in rehab

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--Wide receiver Jordan Shipley is ahead of his rehabilitation schedule in coming back from a torn ACL in his left knee, but said he is hoping to be on the field sometime during OTAs.

"I'm planning on doing some stuff but it depends on what they want me to do," Shipley said. "If it was up to me I would be out there."

Shipley suffered the injury during last season's Week 2 loss at Denver. When asked if he would be ready for training camp, Shipley indicated he would.

"I'm planning on doing all the workouts with the guys. Some days I feel really good and other days I feel close," he said. "At this point in the process it is based on how you feel that day. Some days I am 100 percent."

--For the second time in franchise history, the Bengals will open the season on Monday night when they travel to Baltimore. The two teams kicked off the season on Monday night in 2007 in Cincinnati as the Bengals held on for a 27-20 win.

The Bengals will have three prime-time appearances after having none last year. It is their most since 2007. They open and close the season with back-to-back division games.

--Running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis didn't seem too fazed about being in a new locker room. Even though he has spent the past four years in New England, Green-Ellis noted that the turnover throughout the league is the same no matter which locker room you are in.

"Every year on every team there is a lot of turnover so you got to learn new guys every year no matter where you are at so that's just a part of it," he said. "I gotta get a chance to know all of those guys. A team is not built on just one day. It's got to start right here."

--Besides playing for Mike Zimmer during his rookie season in Atlanta, one thing that intrigued Jamaal Anderson about coming to the Bengals was the rotation that the defensive line had in place.

Of the defensive ends on the roster last season, each one was in for 40 percent or more of the Bengals' defensive plays.

"I think it's very friendly to the defensive line, seeing they've had a great rotation. Jay Hayes has done a great job rotating these guys, getting them in," Anderson said. "You don't want to have your play go down once you rotate. I didn't see that level drop off from these guys. We're just going to keep rotating guys in there, and I'm going to go at it full speed and continue to make plays."

"I thought our board was wide open in 2005 when we drafted David Pollack. We never thought he would get to us (at 17). Maybe there were other times. I think you try every year to go into the draft and not be locked into one position. Last year was a different circumstance." -- Coach Marvin Lewis on the draft.

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