The Bengals hit the field for their first of three practices on Wednesday in preparation for Sunday's clash with the Chiefs.
The biggest absentee from this session was cornerback Adam Jones, who has been the team's best defensive back through the first three games. As Coley Harvey notes, Jones banged up his elbow during Sunday's win over the Ravens, but likely is just getting a veteran's rest day.
Although he banged up what appeared to be his elbow Sunday, Adam Jones may just be taking a vet day. He's running around during walkthrough.— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) September 30, 2015
If Jones were to miss this game, it would be interesting to see how the Bengals adjusted their lineup. He's missed only 14 defensive snaps through three games while playing as one of the two boundary corners. Leon Hall plays primarily in the slot, but could play the boundary while Darqueze Dennard manned the slot, if needed. It's likely Jones will be back at practice by Friday.
Also sitting out Wednesday to no surprise was George Iloka. His lingering ankle issue forced him to drop out of Sunday's win in Baltimore, so seeing him not practice Wednesday was a smart move, even if he is healthy enough to go and ultimately play on Sunday. Iloka originally suffered the injury in Week 1 and was questionable to play vs the Chargers in Week 2 before not being on the final injury report last week.
The good news was defensive tackle Pat Sims made his return. He missed practice last week and Sunday's game in Baltimore with a hip injury. Cincinnati was still able to hold the Ravens to 36 yards on 18 rushes (2.0 ypc), showing they've got plenty of depth at defensive tackle if Sims is unable to play.
Dre Kirkpatrick was limited in practice after hurting his shoulder on Sunday while covering Steve Smith Sr. He played through the injury and didn't miss a single defensive snap so it's likely he'll be back by Friday and today's limitation is just to give him some extra recovery time. Andrew Whitworth also didn't practice on Wednesday, which is likely a veteran's rest day, which he's gotten each Wednesday of the season so far.