As the Cincinnati Bengals open practice this week for Sunday's wildcard game against the Indianapolis Colts, the team is featuring a couple of players limping around with a couple of injuries.
Obviously the headline is A.J. Green, who isn't practicing on Wednesday as he undergoes concussion protocols. It's pointless to project or speculate Green's eventual return, largely because the unpredictable nature of concussions is... well, unpredictable.
Joining Green on the sidelines is cornerback Terence Newman, who has been dealing with an illness since last week. Newman didn't practice at all last week and missed Sunday's game against Pittsburgh. Of the eight players that missed at least one practice last week with an illness, Newman was the only one that sat out.
Leon Hall is sitting out for an undisclosed reason and tight end Jermaine Gresham, who exited Sunday's game with a back issue during his five-yard touchdown, is resting. Rookie receiver James Wright was on the rehab field working a knee that he's been rehabilitating since week 13.
Wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher has been placed on season-ending Injured Reserve with a concussion. Cobi Hamilton, who has been on the team's practice squad for the better part of the year, was promoted to the 53-man roster. Running back Cedric Peerman, who suffered an injury against the Steelers, also sat on Wednesday.
The Bengals are practicing inside the practice bubble at the University of Cincinnati this week. Along with mimicking conditions for Sunday's game (in the Lucas Oil Stadium), the team can give some of their players, who have been dealing with a variety of illnesses, a little break from the conditions.