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NFL Week 6: Bengals vs Patriots practice and injury report for Thursday

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The Bengals should be close to full strength on Sunday when they face the Patriots. Tyler Eifert unfortunately doesn't look like he'll be playing though, once again.

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The Bengals got healthier on Thursday as A.J. Green and Clint Boling returned to practice. Additionally, Rex Burkhead, C.J. Uzomah, Jeremy Hill and George Iloka all were full participants in practice after being limited on Wednesday. That's a good sign that all of those players will be ready to go on Sunday in New England.

Dre Kirkpatrick was limited on Thursday after being a full participant on Wednesday. It seems he hurt his hand in practice. Also downgraded at practice was James Wright who was a full participant on Wednesday but was limited on Thursday with the hamstring injury that caused him to miss Week 5 in Dallas. Andrew Whitworth got a veteran's rest day on Thursday as he was at practice but didn't participate due to a non-injury reasoning.

And, at this point, it's pretty certain that Tyler Eifert won't play this week after not attending Wednesday's or Thursday's practice. He's dealing with a back injury on top of his original ankle injury and the seriousness of that back injury has yet to be confirmed publicly. It's hard to say (or rather, write) it, but, we'll be lucky to see Eifert back before the Bengals' Week 9 bye.

For the Patriots, tight end Greg Scruggs went from being limited to a non-participant on Thursday. He's a backup tight end and the Patriots have two quality tight ends, so his availability isn't a major concern. Linebacker Jamie Collins also joined the injury report with a hip injury that limited him on Thursday. Other than that, the Patriots' injury report remained the same as it was on Wednesday.

Here's the Thursday practice and injury report for both teams.

BENGALS

INJURY WED THUR FRI STATUS
TE Tyler Eifert Ankle/Back DNP DNP

Clint Boling Shoulder DNP FP

WR A.J. Green Calf DNP FP

LB Karlos Dansby Non-Injury Related DNP --

HB Rex Burkhead Hamstring LP FP

HB Jeremy Hill Chest LP FP

C.J. Uzomah Ankle LP FP

S George Iloka Shoulder LP FP

WR James Wright Hamstring FP LP

CB Dre Kirkpatrick Hand -- LP

OT Andrew Whitworth Non-Injury Related -- LP

PATRIOTS

INJURY WED THUR FRI STATUS
RG Shaq Mason Non-Injury Related DNP --

LB Jonathan Freeny Shoulder DNP DNP

RB Brandon Bolden Knee DNP DNP

TE Martellus Bennett Ankle LP LP

RB LaGarrette Blount Hip LP LP

OT Marcus Cannon Calf LP LP

WR Julian Edelman Foot LP LP

QB Jimmy Garoppolo Right Shoulder LP LP

TE Rob Gronkowski Hamstring LP LP

LB Dont'a Hightower Knee LP LP

LB Shea McClellin Concussion LP LP

WR Malcolm Mitchell Hamstring LP LP

TE Greg Scruggs Knee LP DNP

OL Joe Thuney Shoulder LP LP

DL Vincent Valentine Back LP LP

LB Jamie Collins Hip -- LP

DNP - Did Not Participate
LP - Limited Participation
FP - Full Participation

Game Status:

Out = Player will not play
Doubtful = 25% chance a player will play
Questionable = 50% or greater chance a player will play 
(-) = Not Listed - No game status available