Bengals' Kevin Zeitler closing in on return

CINCINNATI -- Kevin Zeitler has practiced for two straight days.

That's more practice time than he's had with teammates in more than a month, meaning signs are good that the Cincinnati Bengals right guard will play Sunday at Indianapolis.

"It felt good [Wednesday] and it still feels good today," Zeitler said, referring to his right calf, just before Thursday afternoon's practice.

Zeitler has been bugged by the calf since Sept. 14, when he hurt it blocking for Giovani Bernard on a goal-line touchdown run against the Falcons. The injury didn't require surgery, but he was on crutches for several days and went through a long rest and rehab process.

On Thursday, Zeitler was simply trying to see how well the leg responded to getting worked out on back-to-back days. It was the second consecutive practice he participated in full capacity.

"If I can get through that practice completely healthy," Zeitler said, "that'll be just reassuring. It's just getting back with everyone and getting all those habits that I took all of training camp to develop before taking the last four weeks off."

Before getting hurt, Zeitler had started strong. He was good in the running game and slightly better protecting the pass. Pro Football Focus gave him positive grades in both the games he played in, giving him a plus-1.9 overall grade in the half he played against Atlanta.

Zeitler's focus this training camp was to "get back to what I know I can do." He said he was a little dismayed by what he believed was a struggle-filled season in 2013, and get back to building from a strong rookie season in 2011. To do that, he's going to have to get his muscles trained to doing what they had been before the injury.

"I thought I was doing well the first one-and-a-half games, but now that you've been off for like four weeks, some of that muscle memory disappears," Zeitler said. "It's just a matter of getting your body to do what it knows how to do again."

Below are a few other players who are hopeful to play Sunday. Here's a look at Thursday's injury report:

Did not practice

WR A.J. Green (toe)

LB Emmanuel Lamur (shoulder)

LB Rey Maualuga (hamstring)

OG Clint Boling (veteran's day off)

OT Andrew Whitworth (veteran's day off)

DT Brandon Thompson (knee)

Limited practice participation

S George Iloka (groin)

OT Andre Smith (shoulder)

DE Wallace Gilberry (eye)

Full practice participation

OG Kevin Zeitler (calf)