Several big-name players were unable to practice, including star tight end Tyler Eifert. He suffered a stinger during this past Sunday's win over the St. Louis Rams, a game in which he caught three passes for 40 yards, including his NFL-high 12th touchdown.
Eifert removed himself from action after a Jeremy Hill two-yard run in the third quarter, though it's believed he suffered the injury while recovering a Giovani Bernard lost fumble, moments earlier. ESPN's Adam Schefter later reported that the injury did not result in any structural damage around the neck, but that his status for Sunday's game against the Browns is uncertain.
It's not much of a surprise Eifert isn't practicing Wednesday. The Bengals typically play it safe with injured players and there are still two more days of practice this week for Eifert to get back on the field. It's worth noting that Geoff Hobson reported after Sunday's game that all injured Bengals may be OK to play this week in Cleveland.
Also sitting out Wednesday was cornerback Leon Hall. He typically either gets a limited session in on Wednesdays or gets the day off completely, but this is notable because Hall left Sunday's game temporarily with what appeared to be a right arm injury, though he eventually returned and finished the contest. This afternoon's official injury report will share whether his day off was injury related.
Cornerback Adam Jones got the day off as well as he rested his foot injury that had him playing at "maybe 65-percent" during Sunday's win over the Rams. That same foot injury kept him out in the Week 11 loss to the Cardinals, so this will be something to keep an eye on this week, though, since he played Sunday it's likely he'll play again in Cleveland.
Another corner sitting out Wednesday was Chris Lewis-Harris, who left Sunday's game with a rib injury in the first half and did not return. His injury looked to be the most serious of the injuries suffered Sunday, and if he can't go, the Bengals may end up with only five corners this week against a Browns' offense geared toward the pass.
Linebacker Emmanuel Lamur left Sunday's game with an ankle injury and also did not practice Wednesday. He was seen working on the rehab field, a good sign his injury isn't serious and that he may be able to play this week. If he doesn't, that means A.J. Hawk will get more snaps at SAM backer, and we may see P.J. Dawson active on gameday as well.
Running back Jeremy Hill and linebacker Vontaze Burfict were both able to practice Wednesday after each leaving Sunday's game with foot injuries. It looks like they'll be good to go against the Browns on Sunday.
Offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth got his typical veteran's rest day off. That's even more beneficial now that Cedric Ogbuehi is practicing along with fellow rookie tackle Jake Fisher. Getting the rookies as many reps as possible in practice will help them be ready to step in and contribute if they're called upon down the stretch.
Be sure to check back later for the full practice and participation report for Wednesday.