The Bengals got some good news on Wednesday during their first practice in preparation for the final week of the 2015-2016 NFL regular season. Tyler Eifert has cleared the NFL concussion protocol and says he'll play on Sunday. Additionally, George Iloka participated in practice for the first time in more than two weeks after aggravating his recovering groin injury during the Steelers game. Today's practice was a light one, in sweatpants, but seeing him on the field in any capacity is a very good sign. Andy Dalton has been ruled out for Sunday, but did do some drills (non-throwing) in practice today for the first time.
Ryan Hewitt has a sprained knee and didn't practice today. His status for Sunday is up in the air, and it's possible he will sit the week out. Carlos Dunlap and Marvin Jones both appear on the report with hamstring injuries, though they were limited. Thursday's practice will likely be the most significant of the week and more telling as to their status for Sunday.
The Ravens may look healthy this week, but that's because they have 20 guys on Injured/Reserve, including wide receiver Marlon Brown, who was just placed on the list yesterday. The biggest names Brown joins on the Ravens IR include WR Michael Campanaro, DL Chris Canty, CB Will Davis, QB Joe Flacco, RB Justin Forsett, T Eugene Monroe, WR Breshad Perriman, WR Steve Smith Sr, OLB Terrell Suggs, and RB Lorenzo Taliaferro. They can nearly field an entire starting lineup with their IR list. So, while they only have three players on today's report and two of them are non-injury related, keep in mind that much of their roster is comprised of players who didn't start the year on the Ravens, or even on any NFL 53-man roster.
|QB Andy Dalton||Thumb||--||--||--||OUT|
|TE Tyler Eifert||Concussion||FP|
|S George Iloka||Groin||LP|
|TE/FB Ryan Hewitt||Knee||DNP|
|WR Marvin Jones||Hamstring||LP|
|QB AJ McCarron||Left Wrist||LP|
|DE Carlos Dunlap||Hamstring||LP|
|FB Kyle Juszczyk||Illness||DNP|
|LB Albert McClellan||Ankle||DNP|
|LB Elvis Dumervil||Not Injury Related||DNP|
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