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Bengals defense trying to get up to speed during offseason workouts after slipping last season


CINCINNATI — Defensive end Michael Johnson is practicing like he'd never left Cincinnati. The rest of the Bengals defense is trying to get back to the way it was as well.

One of the main focuses in Cincinnati's offseason workouts is getting the defense back to where it was two years ago, when it was the backbone of a playoff team.

Johnson left for Tampa Bay as a free agent last season, and the defense slipped from one of the NFL's best to 22nd overall in yards allowed.

The Bengals still don't know when linebacker Vontaze Burfict might be able to play. He missed most of last season with concussions and a pair of knee operations. He's not cleared to participate in offseason workouts.

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