The Bengals got a lot of great news on the injury front during their Thursday practice session in preparation for the Browns.
The biggest news was that Vontaze Burfict was out there practicing, which came just one day after the star linebacker was carted out of practice with an ankle injury. Burfict hurt his ankle at some point during Wednesday’s session, but the cart was more precautionary than anything.
It looks like Burfict should be good to go Sunday, but depending on how much he practiced, he could be listed as questionable. It will be interesting to see if he was limited or a full participant on Thursday.
LB Vontaze Burfict limping as he takes field with #Bengals for workout in downpour. Hurt ankle yesterday. TE Tyler Eifert also practicing.— Joe Kay (@apjoekay) October 20, 2016
More good news came as Tyler Eifert was once again practicing. A limited session on Wednesday now has Eifert poised to return to game action soon, but how soon remains to be seen. The fact that he’s getting practices in leaves open the possibility that he returns this or next week. We’ll know later today if he was limited or a full participant. If he was a full go, his likelihood to play on Sunday will be increased.
Starting center Russell Bodine returned to practice after sitting out Wednesday due to an ankle injury he suffered on Sunday in Foxborough. It was pretty clear when Bodine got some work on the rehab field Wednesday that the injury wasn’t serious and he shouldn’t miss much, if any time.
Also, Bodine back after a day on the rehab field yesterday.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) October 20, 2016
The Bengals also had defensive tackle Pat Sims back from a neck injury that had him sidelined on Wednesday.
Pat Sims also practicing for #Bengals today @Local12— Richard Skinner (@Local12Skinny) October 20, 2016
Sims has seemingly popped up on the injury report every week with some kind of issue, so it’s starting to look like the Bengals are just giving him an extra rest day or two more than anything actually hindering him. He’s quietly been playing great as a backup lineman this season.
The Bengals did not have special teams ace James Wright on Thursday. It’s possible the third-year receiver is just getting a day off, something the Bengals have done this season to help him manage his surgically-repaired knee.
Looks like WR James Wright is only one not practicing for #Bengals— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonCMG) October 20, 2016
Offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth and defensive tackle Domata Peko were both able to practice Thursday after getting a veteran’s rest day off on Wednesday. Offensive guard Clint Boling returned after sitting Wednesday with a shoulder injury, which the team has been managing since he suffered the injury back in Week 4 against the Dolphins.
Be sure to check back later for the full practice and participation report.