Unfortunately, several key starters were unable to practice as it looks like they'll miss Monday's clash. The most notable of which is tight end Tyler Eifert, who remains in the NFL concussion protocol and wasn't practicing Saturday. However, Eifert was on the side doing rehab work for the third-straight practice, a good indicator that his return is inching closer.
It just doesn't look like it will be in time for him to play Monday. That means rookie Tyler Kroft is up for another start with h-back Ryan Hewitt also getting more targets in the passing game. As good as Eifert has been this season, those two have done a good job of helping offset the loss of the Pro Bowl tight end.
Also not practicing Saturday was starting safety George Iloka. He was also able to do some rehab work on the side and should be close to his return from a lingering groin injury. Because that injury has been bothering Iloka for several weeks now, the Bengals are probably just making sure it's as close to 100-percent healed as possible before bringing him back.
Another reason for that has been the play of backup safety Shawn Williams, who has played very well this season as a starter and as a backup.
Other than that, every other Bengal was able to practice Saturday and look good to go for Monday. Offensive tackle Jake Fisher has practiced every day this week after missing last week with a concussion. Linebacker Vincent Rey was able to go after being limited on Thursday but was listed as getting a full practice for Friday (the team did not actually practice Friday). Linebacker Vontaze Burfict also practiced Saturday after getting his typical rest day on Thursday.
And of course, Andy Dalton didn't practice this week and has already been ruled out for Monday. That's no surprise as it continues to look like he won't play again in the regular season, making Monday's game a must-win for the Bengals if they want a bye and an extra week of recovery for Dalton.
Be sure to check back later for the full practice and participation report for Saturday, as well as the final injury report for both teams heading into Monday.