The Cincinnati Bengals will likely have a new starting safety when they host the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday.
That's because George Iloka is listed as doubtful on Cincinnati's final injury report while dealing with a lingering ankle injury. Iloka was unable to fully practice this week after re-aggravating the injury during Sunday's 28-24 win over the Baltimore Ravens. He originally suffered the injury in Week 1, but was able to play the following two games.
It appears it became simply too much for Iloka to bear going another week without giving it some rest, or the team is taking a more cautious approach while also seeing what they have in Shawn Williams.
That's who will be getting the starting nod if Iloka is held out Sunday, which would be the first start of Williams' three-year career. A former third-round draft pick of Georgia, Williams has played in all 35 possible career games to this point, though they've been primarily on special teams.
Williams had played a grand total of 39 defensive snaps in 32 games coming into 2015. However, Iloka being in and out of the lineup has led to Williams playing in 78 defensive snaps through three games this season. That includes 31 in Sunday's win at Baltimore as he played well in relief of Iloka.
One other notable designation on Cincinnati's final injury report was cornerback Adam Jones listed as questionable. Jones suffered an elbow injury Sunday that caused him to miss Wednesday's session, but has since gotten in two full practices, which means he should play Sunday.
If Jones were to be held out, Darqueze Dennard may be in line to start in his place, assuming the team wants to keep Leon Hall in the slot with Dre Kirkpatrick being the other boundary corner. Dennard has played 22 snaps this season as Kirkpatrick and Jones have taken nearly every defensive snap at the boundary corner spots.