Bengals practice on Wednesday came with some good news, but more bad news.
This morning, Tyler Eifert attended, but didn’t necessarily take part in the team’s walkthrough, according to Bengals.com’s Geoff Hobson. But, he was not in the locker room for this morning’s media availability and did not attend the team’s 1:00 p.m. ET practice.
Sensing that Eifert will not practice Wednesday even though he was at walk through— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) October 12, 2016
Not sure if walked thru, but first time we've seen him in a week— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) October 12, 2016
In attendance but sitting out during practice were wide receiver A.J. Green, left guard Clint Boling and linebacker Karlos Dansby. Green left Sunday’s game in Dallas, and was seen limping to the sidelines. Though, the injury didn’t seem to be significant as it wasn’t classified by the team and no status update was supplied by the time the game ended.
Clint Boling and A.J. Green not practicing today it appears.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) October 12, 2016
Karlos Dansby also not practicing for #Bengals— Richard Skinner (@Local12Skinny) October 12, 2016
It’s possible that Dansby was getting a veterans rest day, as the 34-year-old is one of the NFL’s oldest linebackers.
It would be a devastating loss for Green not to play on Sunday against the Patriots, but Hobson doesn’t seem too concerned about Green’s day off.
No sign of Eifert. looks like rest day for Green. he's in sweats but not on rehab field— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) October 12, 2016
On a positive note, Jeremy Hill was practicing and taking first team reps after being seen in the locker room this morning wearing a sling on his left arm. Hill left Sunday’s game with a shoulder/chest injury. Marvin Lewis said earlier this week that Hill would be good to go in today’s practice, and that has proven true. Whether or not he was limited will be revealed later this afternoon.
But, per FOX 19’s Jeremy Rauch, Hill doesn’t appear to be 100 percent healthy.
Jeremy Hill looks ok running, but is being careful with his left shoulder. Certainly not 100%. #Bengals @FOX19— Jeremy Rauch (@FOX19Jeremy) October 12, 2016
In other good news, James Wright who missed Week 5 with a hamstring injury, did practice on Wednesday. That’s a good sign he’ll be ready for Sunday in Foxborough. Eifert and Wright were the only two players to miss Sunday’s game due to injury.
As for the players on Injured Reserve and the Physically Unable to Perform list, Brandon Thompson was not on the rehab field, but William Jackson III and Cedric Peerman were.
Brandon Thompson absent from rehab field again. Just Peerman, Will Jackson over there. #Bengals— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonCMG) October 12, 2016
Thompson is actually eligible to return to practice next Monday in Week 7 and he could play against the Browns, should he be healthy and cleared to play by the team physician. For Jackson and Peerman, only one of the two can return this season from IR. That decision can actually be made on or after next Monday, too. Though, the person who returns would not be allowed to play until Week 9. Since the Bengals have a Week 9 bye, that turns into Week 10 against the Giants on Monday Night Football. But, if either Jackson or Peerman is healthy, cleared to return and decided on as the player who will return this season off the IR list, that person could start practicing with the team (without officially being on the 53-man roster) next Monday.
Be sure to check back later for the official practice and injury report.