- Colts, Bengals happy with starters' showing so far
- Bengals sign LB Vontaze Burfict to contract extension through 2017
- Bengals' task: Win playoff game or else
- Bengals trim roster to 75
- Bengals season preview
- Bengals roster moves
- Bengals feel good after 3 preseason games
- Bengals top Cardinals, 19-13 in third preseason game
- Bengals owner Mike Brown treated for,
- Palmer faces old team, tough defense in Bengals
- Trooper who arrested Bengals' Montgomery fired
- AP source: Bengals LB Burfict gets 3-year deal
- AFC North trying to regain reputation as the best
- Bengals set to extend LB Vontaze Burfict
- NFL games taking over Thursday nights on CBS
- Margus Hunt emerging on Bengals line
- Who Asked You? Bengals edition: Sunday, August 17
- Bengals waive La Salle's Burden
- Dalton perfect, but Jets rally to beat Bengals 25-17
- Smith, Dalton have shared misery at Paul Brown
- Bengals WR Marvin Jones out with foot injury
- Who Asked You? Bengals Edition, Sunday, August 10
- Bengals add a QB
- Bengals waive trio
- Chiefs top Bengals, 41-39 in preseason opener
- Dalton, Smith in spotlight as Bengals visit Chiefs
- Bengals' offense wants to have a hard edge
- Whitworth, Gresham among five returning to practice
- Andy Dalton gets six-year, $115 million deal
- Bengals Burfict emerging as center of Bengals defense
- Bengals to take training camp to Dayton for a day
- Bengals Lewis-Harris suspended for violating NFL's substance abuse policy
- Atkins returns to practice field
- Who Asked You? Bengals Edition: Sunday, July 27
- Dalton's future with the Bengals secure--for now
- Bengals roster moves: Saturday, July 26
- Whitworth placed on PUP list
- Bengals CB Leon Hall cleared to practice
- Bengals' season comes down to winning in playoffs
- Bengals place G Mike Pollak on PUP list
- Bengals expect CB Hall, DT Atkins back during camp
- Bengals put DT Geno Atkins on PUP list
- Bengals roster moves
- AFC North training camp preview
- Bengals Montgomery has speeding ticket dismissed
- Bengals announce Training Camp schedule
- Bengals roster move
- Bengals sign first round draft pick Darqueze Dennard
- Bengals sign two, waive two
- Bengals trying to go fast when they have the ball
- Bengals re-sign TE Alex Smith
- Bengals acquire WR Jasper Collins
- Bengals sign La Salle’s Chandler Burden
- Bengals release DT Ogemdi Nwagbuo
- Rookie center Russell Bodine gets chance to start
- Bengals sign 2nd, 3rd round picks
- Who Asked You: Bengals Edition May 25
- Bengals ink fourth round selection Russell Bodine
- Bengals sign two more draft choices
- Bengals sign two draft picks
- No vote on expanded NFL playoffs till fall at earliest
- Bengals acquire Quarterback
- Bengals sign free agent RB
- Bengals look for well-rounded running backs
- Bengals CFA signings
- Bengals draft McCarron, upgrade on defense
- New Bengals CB Dennard tried to learn from Revis
- Bengals land Hill, Clarke in Day Two of NFL Draft
- Daily Sportscast: Thursday, May 8
- Bengals take Dennard with first round selection
- Bengals try for depth at cornerback, D-line
- Hall recovering from Achilles tendon injury
- Who Asked You? Bengals: Sunday, May 4
- Bengals waive QB Zac Robinson
- Ken Riley to call Bengals draft pick
- Bengals waive center
- NFL releases Bengals 2014 Regular Season schedule
- Bengals Preseason dates
- Bengals Dalton comparing himself with the best in the NFL
- Bengals exercise 2015 option on WR A.J. Green
- Huber starting to kick again
- CFL team signs Chad Johnson to 2-year contract
- Bengals sign punter T.J. Conley
- Chad Johnson takes steps toward CFL comeback
- Bengals sign defensive end
- Bengals learn preseason schedule
- Bengals re-sign Sanzenbacher
- Bengals hire son of Marvin Lewis
- Bengals sign free agent safety
- Bengals player arrested
- Bengals announce 2-year extension for Peko
- Bengals extend Peko through 2016
- Goodell: Expanded NFL playoffs in 2014 possible
- NFL to try PAT kicks from 20 for 2 preseason weeks
- Bengals awarded two compensatory picks
- Bengals sign free agent CB
- Bengals waive QB Greg McElroy
- Bengals sign OT Marshall Newhouse
- VIDEO: Sam Wyche 1-on-1
- Brad and Lap on Zimmer leaving the Bengals
- Bengals Analysis 1-12-14
- One-on-One with Hue Jackson
- Bengals introduce Hue Jackson as offensive coordinator
- RAW VIDEO: Bengals Kyle Cook interview
- Brad and Lap on Gruden, Jackson
Huber starting to kick again
Updated: Tuesday, April 22 2014, 10:23 AM EDT
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Kevin Huber has gained back the 15 pounds he lost while his jaw was wired, forcing him to drink his meals. He no longer wears a neck brace to help a cracked vertebra heal.
The Bengals punter is nearly back to normal after recovering from one of the most painful hits of the 2013 season.
Pittsburgh's Terence Garvin blocked Huber during Antonio Brown's 67-yard punt return for a touchdown last December, hitting the punter's chin with the top of his helmet. Huber broke his jaw and had to have surgery to wire it in place. He also cracked a vertebra, which healed without surgery.
Huber said on Monday that he's still limited in his weightlifting workouts, but he's getting ready to return to a full kicking routine.
"I've started getting back into swinging the leg some," he said. "I haven't had full kicking sessions yet, but I'm going to start trying to get back into that here pretty soon."
Huber is one of several Bengals trying to recover from significant injuries sustained last season. Cornerback Leon Hall tore his right Achilles tendon on Oct. 20. Defensive tackle Geno Atkins tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on Oct. 31. Atkins was in the locker room on Monday when voluntary offseason workouts began, but declined to talk about his recovery.
Huber's injury left the Bengals without a proven punter for December and the postseason. They lost at home to San Diego, the third straight season in which they've been eliminated in the opening round of the playoffs.
It took three months for Huber's jaw to fully heal. The cracked vertebra isn't expected to pose any issues long-term. Doctors are being cautious and haven't cleared him for full workouts.
"I feel good," Huber said. "They just want a little more time to make sure I'm fully recovered. I'm ready to get back into it. It's been a long time with neck braces and the stuff in my mouth."
Huber grew up in Cincinnati, attended the University of Cincinnati and follows the city's other sports teams. When Reds closer Aroldis Chapman was hit on the forehead by a line drive during a spring training game last month, Huber tweeted: "Prayers go out to Chapman. Hope everything is ok. It sounded like it was a pretty bad shot."
Chapman had a plate inserted in his forehead to help fractures heal. He resumed throwing from a mound last week and is expected back sometime in May.
Huber could identify with an athlete suffering a major injury to the face.
"It's tough to see something like that happen," Huber said. "It sounds like Chapman's coming back pretty strong. I saw he was in the bullpen the other day. So hopefully he can come back and be pitching again soon."
The Reds are curious to see whether Chapman is wary of getting hit again when he faces batters for the first time. Huber has thought about how he might react when he gets blocked the first time during a punt return.
"I'm not really sure," he said. "I've definitely thought about that and how am I going to act in the situation? I can tell myself now, 'Oh, I'll be fine,' but you don't really know until you're in the situation.
"So I'm sure it'll be the same with him. He'll probably be out there and be nervous, but I'm sure after the first hit or something he'll probably calm down, and the same with me. After my first punt, I'll be fine and calm down."
Notes: QB Andy Dalton says his agent has talked with the Bengals about a contract extension, but nothing is imminent. Dalton is entering the final year on his deal. Dalton led the Bengals to the playoffs each of his first three seasons, but played poorly in the opening-round games. ... WR A.J. Green has added between six and 10 pounds to his upper body through workouts. He's trying to become stronger so he can block better as well as fend off defensive backs more easily.
Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL