Bengals will get George Iloka, Margus Hunt back when both are 'ready'

CINCINNATI -- Defensive players George Iloka and Margus Hunt were once again no-shows during the second open session of the Cincinnati Bengals' organized team activities (OTAs) Tuesday.

It appears that could be the case for the remainder of the OTA period, which ends next Thursday.

Asked Tuesday about both players' status for the first time since OTAs began last week, coach Marvin Lewis said the duo "will be out there when [they're] ready."

Both players have apparently been recovering from injuries, although it has been unclear what exactly has kept them out of the first four OTA practices. Both players have been around the locker room during media availability periods, but they haven't wanted to talk about what's kept them from practices. Iloka did say last week that his absence had nothing to do with his contract. He is scheduled to be one of 26 players to hit free agency at the end of this season.

Whatever is ailing both players, it doesn't appear that it will extend into training camp. Asked specifically about Hunt's return in time for August, Lewis said, "he should be fine."

A backup defensive end, Hunt is in the middle of a pivotal offseason. His development was stifled a bit last year as he dealt with an ankle injury that kept him out of four games. The former second-round pick hasn't quite lived up to his potential to this point, although there is hope within the team that he finally can this year. A former track-and-field thrower, Hunt only started playing football in college. As a result, he was viewed as a project when he was first drafted.

Hunt has nine career tackles and 1.5 sacks in 22 games.

Iloka has been one of the Bengals' top secondary players the past two seasons, recording 140 tackles and four interceptions as the starting deep safety. With him out of the practice rotation, backup Shawn Williams has gotten significant action in OTAs in his place.