The Bengals got to work on Wednesday to start practicing for their game against Washington, in London! The team will leave for the U.K. on Thursday night and arrive on Friday morning for a jam-packed weekend. That includes two practices in London before Sunday’s big game.
But first, the team is practicing on Wednesday and Thursday inside the friendly confines of Paul Brown Stadium, where four players were sitting out on Wednesday.
That includes Andrew Whitworth who remains in the NFL’s concussion protocol. Marvin Lewis has expressed optimism regarding Whitworth playing on Sunday, but, it’s simply not his decision. When you’re in the concussion protocol, there’s a strict set of rules and tests to pass to be able to clear the protocol. And a doctor, not Lewis, will need to make the call on Whitworth traveling with the team on Thursday and playing on Sunday.
As Richard Skinner mentions, Clint Boling was also not practicing on Wednesday. Boling has had numerous practices off since injuring his shoulder in Week 4 against the Dolphins. This is the third week in a row with Boling getting Wednesday off and the fourth week in a row in which he wasn’t a full participant on Wednesday, so with that in mind, it’s safe to assume he’ll still be good to go on Sunday as he hasn’t missed a start year in 2016.
Domata Peko and Karlos Dansby also received veterans rest days on Wednesday, while the rest of the team was accounted for on the practice field.
Be sure to check back later for the full practice and injury report for both Cincinnati and Washington.