After being relatively healthy, the injuries on the team's roster are starting to mount up. No, we haven't had the Achilles tear, a major concussion or anyone going down with a shredded knee. Thank goodness for that too. And the injuries that are accumulating are the occasional bumps that many players suffer during Training Camp. That being said, here's an account of the injuries that Bengals players are suffering and the likeliness of whether they'll play this Sunday.
First and foremost is the shoulder injury to Fui Vakapuna. His absence will bring into question whether the Bengals have a backup fullback in Brian Leonard or Joe Tronzo. And if Vakapuna's injury takes time for recovery, and say that Leonard and Tronzo struggle as fullbacks, this opens the door, once again, for Daniel Coats, who was the benefactor of several injuries during last year's Training Camp. That, or as Geoff Hobson writes, the Bengals could "go get a guy." It doesn't appear that Vakapuna will play Sunday.
Bengals starting cornerback Johnathan Joseph has missed multiple practices since July 31 after suffering a thigh bruise and doesn't appear likely to play against the Cowboys. Same goes for Carlos Dunlap, who hasn't practiced since Monday morning practice after suffering a concussion. Neither have yet to be confirmed as being out. But we figure with five preseason games, the Bengals will allow those with bumps to rest and get into game situations later in the preseason.
Antonio Bryant will obviously miss the game while still recovering his knee. Hobson writes that Bryant "is going to start testing his knee out in the next few weeks, maybe next week, but not before then." Andre Smith, yet to practice and still on the active/PUP list, won't play. It's unknown if Matt Jones' bruised foot will enable him to play and contributions from Mike Nugent and Cedric Peerman are "up in the air."