CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 16: Nate Clements #22 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Paul Brown Stadium on October 16, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals won 27-17. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
The Cincinnati Bengals are still struggling with injuries as they enter the final quarter of the 2011 season. Not only have they lost Leon Hall and Pat Sims to season-ending Injured Reserve but they've also been without their best pass rusher, Carlos Dunlap, in three of the last four games and starting quarterback Nate Clements missed the team's Week 13 loss to the Steelers in Pittsburgh.
As the team heads into Week 14's game against the Texans, who they need to beat to keep their playoff hopes alive, the news from the injury front isn't very good.
According to The Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy, the Bengals were without Nate Clements and Chris Crocker at practice on Wednesday and Dunlap didn't practice with the team, though he worked out on the side of the field.
Crocker suffered an arm injury in the Browns game but was able to play on Sunday in Pittsburgh. Neither Clements nor Dunlap played, though.
The Bengals need both Clements and Dunlap back on the field if they want to hold on to their wildcard spot. Hopefully they're able to get on the practice field later in the week and in the game on Sunday.
We'll keep you up to date on the team's injury status and get both teams' practice reports published tonight.