The Bengals hit the field Wednesday for their first practice of the week in preparation for their game against the Chargers on Sunday.
While Cincinnati managed to come out of Week 1 about as healthy as you could ask for, there were some players who were banged up and didn't practice during the open portion of Wednesday's session.
Reggie Nelson, George Iloka, Josh Shaw all stretching but without pads/helmet. Looks like they'll be out today.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) September 16, 2015
The most notable player off the field was starting safety George Iloka who injured his ankle during Sunday's 33-13 win in Oakland. Iloka suffered the injury in the first half, but was able to come back into the game while dealing with the injury before the team held him out in the second half with Cincinnati holding a 24-0 halftime lead. The score may have factored into the team's decision to hold him out the rest of the game, and even though he wasn't practicing Wednesday, don't overreact just yet about his availability for Sunday against the Chargers.
Also not practicing Wednesday was fellow starting safety Reggie Nelson. A groin injury hindered him last week before he was able to play against the Raiders, so this could be precautionary to ensure the injury doesn't get worse. There wasn't any indication Sunday that Nelson aggravated the injury during the win over Oakland, though that's certainly a possibility. Darqueze Dennard did the same thing in the preseason, so it will be interesting to see if Nelson is able to get at least one full session in before Sunday's game.
Rookie cornerback Josh Shaw was also unable to practice on Wednesday as he too is dealing with a groin injury. He missed Week 1 with the injury, though he may have been a gameday inactive anyway with veteran Chris Lewis-Harris serving as the Bengals' fifth corner.
Rookie defensive end Marcus Hardison, who missed last week's game after injuring his knee in practice was not in attendance at practice on Wednesday. The severity and exact injury to his knee has yet to be commented on by the Bengals.