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.
|TE Tyler Eifert||Ankle/Back||DNP||DNP|
|G 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|
|S George Iloka||Shoulder||LP||FP|
|WR James Wright||Hamstring||FP||LP|
|CB Dre Kirkpatrick||Hand||--||LP|
|OT Andrew Whitworth||Non-Injury Related||--||LP|
|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
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