Bengals, Vikings to have joint practice sessions

Bengals, Vikings to have joint practice sessions

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The Bengals will conduct joint practices with the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 10-11, leading up to the teams' face-off in their preseason opener on Fri., Aug. 12 at Paul Brown Stadium.

The joint practices will be held on the PBS practice fields and will be open to the public with no admission charge, as part of the Bengals' 2016 Training Camp. The Aug. 10 practice will begin at 3 p.m., and the Aug. 11 practice is to begin at 11 a.m.

The Vikings and Bengals are both coming off division championship seasons. The Vikings are in their third season under head coach Mike Zimmer, who was Bengals defensive coordinator under head coach Marvin Lewis from 2008-13.

"Our past experiences with joint practices have been good," said Lewis. "You put yourself on the field with another team and let the competitive juices flow a little bit.  And it's great that we could work this out with Zim."

Said Zimmer:

"Having such a great relationship with Marvin and the Bengals organization, it makes it a perfect fit for us to practice there."

2016 marks five years for the Bengals holding Training Camp as part of the summertime buzz in downtown Cincinnati. Prior to the sessions with the Vikings, numerous other practices will also be open free to the public, beginning in late July.

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