Bengals get Benson back for Thursday practice

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (AP) - Running back Cedric Benson was still learning the playbook when he got his first hand-off. And he wasn't alone.

The Cincinnati Bengals were back to full strength on Thursday night, but had a lot of catching up to do. Benson and quarterbacks Bruce Gradkowski and Jordan Palmer were among the group of players able to practice for the first time with a new collective bargaining agreement in place.

Benson has been the Bengals' top running back each of the past three seasons. He was a free agent, but signed a one-year deal to stay. Benson says coordinator Jay Gruden's new offense is a lot different than the old one, and he's still trying to learn the terminology.

Gradkowski and Palmer are competing for playing time along with rookie quarterback Andy Dalton.

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