Eight players missed practice this week due to various illnesses... from the stomach bug, to a sinus infection and even the flu. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton was sent home on Wednesday, while tight end Jermaine Gresham joined him. Both players returned as full participants on Thursday. Placekicker Mike Nugent sat on Thursday with something and was limited on Friday. He's listed as probable.
And those were the less serious scenarios.
Cornerback Terence Newman was out all week with an illness and safety Reggie Nelson, who sat on Wednesday and Thursday, started putting in some work on Friday in a limited capacity. Adam Jones and Clint Boling were hit with it on Friday but while Boling is probable, Jones is questionable. Nelson, Newman and Chris Lewis-Harris, who began fighting the illness on Thursday, are also listed as questionable.
ESPN NFL reporter Bob Holtzman tweets that some players wore masks to avoid the bug.
With 8 players ill this week (4 of them listed as questionable) #Bengals took no chances..I'm told some players wore masks on flight to Pitt— bob holtzman (@BobHoltzmanESPN) December 28, 2014