The Bengals held their first official practice of the week on Thursday in preparation for their Monday night matchup with the Texans. The team practiced on Tuesday, too, but was not required to submit an injury report for the practice. This is undoubtedly the longest injury report we've seen for the Bengals yet this season, and does feature some questions.
Vontaze Burfict was a limited participant in Thursday's practice. Burfict tweaked his knee on Thursday against the Browns and left the game for a handful of plays. At the time, it was said he may have hyperextended the knee; the injury is on the same knee he had surgically repaired in January, an injury he just returned from in Week 8 against the Steelers. Burfict did return to play against the Browns and finished out the game, so he may just be taking it easy in the first official practice of the week.
Leon Hall was a limited participant for a non-injury reason, he was likely just getting a light day of work as he has had a handful of veteran's rest days this season and is coming off a back injury of his own. Andrew Whitworth received a veteran's rest day on Thursday as well. With Whitworth out, rookie tackle Cedric Ogbuehi who just had his first practice of the year on Tuesday was able to take extensive snaps at left tackle.
Kevin Zeitler also was limited in practice today after leaving the Browns game with an ankle injury in the last minutes of the game. He was seen leaving the stadium on Thursday night in a walking boot. The fact that he practiced at all is a good sign for his Monday night status. Friday and Saturday's practices will be more indicative of whether he'll play come Monday.
Andre Smith remains in the NFL's concussion protocol and didn't practice again on Thursday. He hasn't made an appearance at practice since he suffered a concussion against the Steelers.
While the Texans' injury report looks extensive, almost everyone on it was a full participant in Thursday's practice. Just wide receiver Nate Washington limited with linebacker Jadeveon Clowney and cornerback Kareem Jackson not participating. Clowney has been on and off the Texans' injury report on a near-weekly basis and his status for Monday is up in the air. Jackson has missed the Texans' last two games after spraining his ankle in Week 6 against the Jacksonville Jaguars; according to Tania Ganguli of ESPN, he likely will be out against the Bengals.
|LB Rey Maualuga||Calf||FP|
|LB Vontaze Burfict||Knee||LP|
|CB Leon Hall||Non-Injury Related||LP|
|G Kevin Zeitler||Ankle||LP|
|T Andre Smith||Concussion||DNP|
|T Andrew Whitworth||Non-Injury Related||DNP|
|OLB Jadeveon Clowney||Back||DNP|
|CB Kareem Jackson||Ankle||DNP|
|WR Nate Washington||Hip||LP|
|T Duane Brown||Concussion||FP|
|ILB Max Bullough||Shoulder||FP|
|ILB Akeem Dent||Hamstring||FP|
|S Kurtis Drummond||Concussion||FP|
|CB Charles James||Foot||FP|
|C Ben Jones||Thumb||FP|
|ILB Benardrick McKinney||Concussion||FP|
|T Derek Newton||Knee||FP|
|RB Chris Polk||Knee||FP|
|WR Cecil Shorts||Hamstring||FP|
DNP - Did Not Participate
LP - Limited Participation
FP - Full Participation
Out = Player will not play
Doubtful = 25% chance a player will play
Questionable = 50% chance a player will play
Probable = 75% chance a player will play
(-) = Not Listed - No game status available