If there's one positive in Cincinnati's injury mess this week, it's that the team should be getting safety Reggie Nelson back against the New England Patriots. During Terence Newman's fumble return for a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers, Nelson pulled a hamstring, forcing him to rest against the Cleveland Browns. Nelson was limited all week, but is listed as probable this weekend against the New England Patriots.
After a brief struggle against the Chicago Bears, Nelson intercepted a fourth quarter Ben Roethlisberger pass that sealed Cincinnati's win against the Steelers. Nelson has also only allowed one reception in the past two games that he's played. Vontaze Burfict (neck) and James Harrison (knee) were also listed as probable.
Michael Johnson, who missed all week undergoing concussion protocols, is questionable. If he passes the league's concussion protocol by Sunday afternoon, Johnson will play.
However Leon Hall (hamstring), who practiced for the first time in two weeks on Friday, is listed as doubtful, along with guard Mike Pollak (knee) and cornerback Brandon Ghee (thigh). Ghee wasn't listed on the team's injury report on Wednesday, then showed up Thursday as a limited participant before sitting during Friday's session; so it's a reasonable conclusion that he suffered the injury on Thursday.