After Fight-Marred Joint Practices in 2022, 2023, Bengals Doubling Down To Pair With 2 Teams This Summer

    The Bengals will hold one joint practice with the Bears in Chicago and one with the Indianapolis Colts in Cincinnati in August.

    CINCINNATI — For the first time in the Zac Taylor era, and perhaps a first in franchise history, the Cincinnati Bengals will hold joint practices with two different teams this season.

    The Bengals will hold a joint practice with the Chicago Bears on Thursday, Aug. 15, ahead of their Aug. 17 preseason game at Soldier Field. With the Bears slated for Hard Knocks this year, the Bengals already were going to have a cameo appearance with the game footage. The joint practice should increase their profile on the show.

    The following week, Cincinnati will play host to Indianapolis for a joint practice Tuesday, Aug. 20, before facing the Colts in the preseason finale at Paycor Stadium on Aug. 22.

    Bengals To Hold Joint Practices With Bears, Colts

    The Bengals announced that season-ticket holders and waitlist members will have exclusive rights to the Aug. 20 session on the practice fields adjacent to the stadium.

    More details will be sent via email after the full training camp schedule is announced on June 17, the team said.

    In past years, when the Bengals have held joint practices with a preseason opponent, they have been two-day sessions.

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    Yet, the events of 2022 changed all that when Day 2 of practice against the Los Angeles Rams — whom Cincinnati had just lost to in the Super Bowl a few months prior — devolved into a helmet-swinging brawl.

    Bengals head coach Zac Taylor and Rams head coach Sean McVay ended the practice on the spot.

    Taylor, who worked for McVay in Los Angeles for three seasons, had been hopeful that their relationship would carry over to the field, but there were multiple incidents before the one that resulted in everything being shut down.

    Last year, the Bengals scheduled a joint practice with the Green Bay Packers, who are coached by Taylor’s good friend Matt LaFleur. The decision to only practice one day instead of two was directly tied to the escalation of events with the Rams.

    But once again, there were numerous fights with the Packers, leading to Green Bay offensive tackle Elgton Jenkins being removed from the practice.

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