CINCINNATI (AP) — A white-topped tent has been anchored at the entrance to the Cincinnati Bengals' practice field. Workers are cleaning seats inside Paul Brown Stadium, getting ready for a franchise first.
The team opens training camp without leaving home this weekend.
The Bengals spent their first 44 training camps at small colleges that were more than an hour's drive away from Cincinnati, preferring the isolation. The slimmed-down training camp schedule mandated by the new collective bargaining agreement prompted them to change.
Owner Mike Brown hopes it brings more fans to see the team try to build on its 2011 playoff season. They'll watch rookies try to win starting jobs at receiver and cornerback. They'll also get an idea of how much quarterback Andy Dalton and receiver A.J. Green have developed.