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Marvin Jones getting closer to playing

CINCINNATI -- Marvin Jones declined to say Thursday whether he was still on target to return in two weeks from the broken foot that has had him sidelined since training camp, but he did acknowledge that he is making steady improvement.

"I'm getting there," Jones said. "The progress is there and I'm happy about it."

Whenever he was asked if he still believed he would play for the first time this season in the Cincinnati Bengals' Week 5 contest at New England, he would only offer a coy smile and a "we'll see."

It was the same reply he had when asked when he thought he would return to practice for the first time since suffering the injury during a preseason practice inside Paul Brown Stadium. For now, Jones contends he doesn't know when the training staff will clear him to resume normal practice activity. If he's going to make it back in time for the game at New England, as previous reports indicated, he likely will need to return at some point next week when the Bengals go through a short practice week ahead of their bye.

It's worth pointing out that Jones has been participating recently in certain activities that test his conditioning and boost his speed.

Before Sunday's game against the Falcons, Jones was out running sprints and going through some routes as he began to get back into the habit of going through football motions. He has been catching since not long after his mid-August surgery. That includes sitting at one point in a chair while passes were thrown to him. For several days after he first experienced the injury, Jones was in a boot and on crutches.

Jones said Thursday that he isn't pain-free, and doesn't imagine he will be for a while. He can still tell where there is a pin in his foot, although he has enough comfort where he can start doing athletically what he wasn't able to before.

"It's just getting that weight back on [the foot] and me testing it and slamming it and going through different drills," Jones said. "And running on it and getting that feel for it."

For now, the feel on receiver A.J. Green is that he should be good to play this weekend against the Titans. He's working through a toe injury and practiced on it for the first time Wednesday.

The prognosis on linebacker Vontaze Burfict doesn't appear to be so rosy. For the second straight day, Burfict was sidelined by a concussion that he experienced last week. He also had a concussion the week before that he cleared Sunday morning after a stay under concussion protocol. He's currently back under concussion protocol.

Here is Cincinnati's full Thursday injury report:

OUT

WR Marvin Jones (foot)

TE Tyler Eifert (elbow -- short-term IR)

TE Alex Smith (biceps -- long-term IR)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

LB Vontaze Burfict (concussion)

RB Rex Burkhead (knee)

OG Clint Boling (veteran's day off)

LB Sean Porter (hamstring)

DT Brandon Thompson (knee)

OG Kevin Zeitler (calf)

LIMITED

S Shawn Williams (groin)

DE Carlos Dunlap

WR A.J. Green (toe)

FULL PRACTICE PARTICIPATION

OL Mike Pollak (knee)

OT Andrew Whitworth (knee)