CINCINNATI -- The Bengals' second practice of mandatory minicamp was interrupted twice Wednesday as weather and injuries halted drills.
The Bengals were gathered at Paul Brown Stadium for the second consecutive day, but a rain shower sent them inside temporarily midway through practice. They returned shortly after to conclude the second half of practice, but it ended on a negative note after wide receiver Cody Core was carted off with a leg injury.
Core, who underwent X-rays after being carted off, is expected to be OK, according to a source. His injury occurred on the final play of practice, but it was unclear whether that was by design or whether the Bengals decided to cut the session short.
The Bengals will conclude minicamp Thursday and will give the players a break before training camp in late July.
Plays of the day: Darqueze Dennard had an interception for the second straight day, picking off Andy Dalton on a pass intended for Core. ... Tackle Landon Lechler didn't stand a chance against fellow rookie Carl Lawson, who blew past him for would-be sacks on consecutive plays. ... Adam Jones and Clayton Fejedelem both had pass breakups. ... Tra Carson had a nice run after right guard Andre Smith opened up a hole. ... Tony McRae punched out the ball after Dalton completed a pass downfield to Josh Malone.
Kicking battle: The Bengals concluded a two-minute drill with a successful 48-yard field goal by Jake Elliott. They then had Elliott and Jonathan Brown attempt four field goals each. Brown was good from 38, 42 and 51 yards, missing from 49. Elliott was good from 38, 42, 49 and 51 yards and has not missed an attempt during practices open to the media. Randy Bullock did not kick Wednesday.
Etc.: Offensive lineman Trey Hopkins might be the next utilityman for the Bengals. They've been moving him all around during minicamp practices. He rotated in at right guard, left tackle and center. ... Jones, Tyler Boyd and Alex Erickson all took turns catching punts. ... The Bengals appeared to be working on a drill involving safety blitzes during one session. George Iloka blitzed three straight times, coming untouched up the middle once and then in between left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi and left guard Clint Boling on the next play. The intended idea seemed to be for a running back to pick up the blitzer, with Cedric Peerman picking up Iloka on the third try. Iloka would have had a sack the first two attempts.
Injury update: Tyler Eifert (back) and Giovani Bernard (knee) were not at practice as they rehab their respective injuries. ... Dre Kirkpatrick did early drills but stayed out of team drills, following the same schedule as last week as his fractured hand heals. ... Brandon Wilson did not participate in practice. ... John Ross did early drills without a helmet but remained limited as he recovers from offseason surgery.