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The Cincinnati Bengals won't have offensive tackle Andre Smith this Monday against the Houston Texans, who themselves will be without Jadeveon Clowney and Kareem Jackson.

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Sports are necessary and unnecessary.

Paris experienced more tragedy and heartbreak Friday night as militants orchestrated coordinated attacks against several entertainment and other venues, leading to the loss of more than 120 lives and 200+ injuries (many critically). Our hearts pour out to France, a country that has been one of our longest allies since the American Revolution.

There are times when sports become such a meaningless culture within the context of real world events. Is any of this meaningful? Does it matter? The answer is a resounding affirmation, one that requires our insistence toward normalcy. If there are any French readers on Cincy Jungle, we love you and stand behind you. Hopefully we're here to bring some sense of normality back into a life that may have changed forever.

So yes, sports are absolutely necessary.

As for the Bengals, the crew returned to practice on Saturday -- the so-called walkthrough session usually scheduled for Fridays in the team's revised practice scheme this year. Due to Monday's game, all sessions were moved forward a day, with the first session opening on Thursday (though they practiced on Tuesday, too) and their final up-tempo session scheduled for Sunday.

Once their session was over, Cincinnati announced that while Andre Smith (concussion) will miss Monday's game, offensive guard Kevin Zeitler and linebackers Vontaze Burfict and Rey Maualuga are probable. Smith, currently under concussion protocols since Pittsburgh, missed last Thursday's game against Cleveland. Maualuga, also out last week against Cleveland, recovered from a calf. As for the Texans, linebacker Jadeveon Clowney and cornerback Kareem Jackson are out.

T Andre Smith Concussion DNP DNP DNP OUT
LB Rey Maualuga Calf FP FP FP Probable
LB Vontaze Burfict Knee LP LP LP Probable
G Kevin Zeitler Ankle LP FP FP Probable
P Kevin Huber Non-Injury Related -- DNP -- --
CB Leon Hall Non-Injury Related LP -- -- --
T Andrew Whitworth Non-Injury Related DNP -- -- --
OLB Jadeveon Clowney Back DNP DNP DNP OUT
CB Kareem Jackson Ankle DNP DNP DNP OUT
WR Nate Washington Hip LP FP FP Probable
T Duane Brown Concussion FP FP FP Probable
ILB Max Bullough Shoulder FP FP FP Probable
ILB Akeem Dent Hamstring FP FP FP Probable
S Kurtis Drummond Concussion FP FP FP Probable
CB Charles James Foot FP FP FP Probable
C Ben Jones Thumb FP FP FP Probable
ILB Benardrick McKinney Concussion FP FP FP Probable
T Derek Newton Knee FP FP FP Probable
RB Chris Polk Knee FP FP FP Probable
WR Cecil Shorts Hamstring FP FP FP Probable

DNP - Did Not Participate LP - Limited Participation FP - Full Participation

Game Status 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