Minter had ten tackles during Sunday's loss to Baltimore. Minter entered the week with an undisclosed injury but it seems like that's now in the rear-view mirror.
Minter (undisclosed) is absent from Wednesday's injury report. Minter appears to be entering Week 1 at full health. He's a projected starter at middle linebacker and could approach triple-digit tackles in his first season with the Bengals.
Minter did not participate in Thursday's practice for an undisclosed reason, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports. This is the second straight practice that Minter has missed, and the reasons surrounding his absence are yet to be reported. Minter is expected to play a large role at linebacker in the Bengals defense this season after playing in all 16 games with the Cardinals in back-to-back years.
Minter's one-year contract with the Bengals is for $4 million, including $2.1 million guaranteed, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports. The Bengals clearly expect Minter to handle a significant role, coming off back-to-back seasons in which he started all 16 games for the Cardinals. He played inside linebacker in Arizona's 3-4 defense, but it's possible he'll move to the strong side in Cincinnati's 4-3 -- allowing Vontaze Burfict and Vincent Rey to retain their spots on the weak side and in the middle.
Minter signed a one-year contract with the Bengals on Saturday, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. Minter was a reliable cog in the Cardinals' linebacking corps for the first four years of his career and played at least 88 percent of the defensive snaps for them in each of the last two years. He's a sound tackler that'll be a welcome addition to the Begals' linebacking corps. It will be worth monitoring how Minter's addition affects the Bengals' approach in the draft, as many experts alluded to the possibility of Cincinnati targeting a linebacker in the early rounds.