The Bengals hit the practice field on Wednesday to prepare for their Week 11 game against the Bills. After we originally thought there was good news coming from Paul Brown Stadium at practice, (all 53 players were taking part in some form of practice), there's now some bad news to report. Quarterback Andy Dalton, tight end Tyler Eifert and wide receiver Brandon LaFell are all on the injury report this week. That's a big chunk of important offensive starters.
Dalton's right shoulder limited him, while Eifert and LaFell are listed with knee injuries. Wallace Gilberry (calf), Clint Boling (shoulder), Michael Johnson (calf) and Rey Maualuga (fibula) were also limited. It's good news that Maualuga was limited after missing all of last week's practices. For Boling, he has been dealing with a shoulder injury since Week 4, and has missed a few practices because of it. Gilberry left Monday's game with a calf injury, so seeing him practicing on Wednesday, even on a limited basis, is encouraging and indicates the injury wasn't serious.
Additionally, there was good news in that George Iloka was a full participant after seeming to get injured at the end of Monday's game. James Wright who missed Monday's game with a hamstring injury was back as a full participant on Wednesday, too.
It's hard to know now just how serious Dalton, Eifert and LaFell's injuries are. But, since they were not out of commission entirely, and just limited, it's hopefully they will all play on Sunday against the Bills. But, it is discouraging to see Eifert back on the report after playing in just three games this season. An ankle and then back injury have already kept him out from six games this season. The Bengals' Wednesday practice was helmet-free, so it wasn't a very taxing practice, just two days after the team's last game.
As for the Bills, wide receiver and return specialist Brandon Tate will face his former team for the first time this week since being cut over the summer. Tate experienced a concussion in Week 8 that sidelined him in Week 9. The Bills are coming off a Week 10 bye and Tate was limited in Wednesday's practice. We'll need to monitor his progress throughout the week.
Bills starting defensive end Corbin Bryant was the only non-participant for the Bills on Wednesday. Linebacker Jerry Hughes, defensive tackle Marcell Dareus and wide receiver Robert Woods, all starters, were limited on Wednesday.
Here are the full injury reports for both teams from Wednesday:
|G Clint Boling||Shoulder||LP|
|QB Andy Dalton||Right shoulder||LP|
|TE Tyler Eifert||Knee||LP|
|DE Wallace Gilberry||Calf||LP|
|DE Michael Johnson||Calf||LP|
|WR Brandon LaFell||Knee||LP|
|LB Rey Maualuga||Fibula||LP|
|S George Iloka||Shin||FP|
|WR James Wright||Hamstring||FP|
|DL Corbin Bryant||Shoulder||DNP|
|WR Brandon Tate||Concussion||LP|
|LB Jerry Hughes||Hand||LP|
|WR Walt Powell||Hip||LP|
|WR Robert Woods||Foot||LP|
|DT Marcell Dareus||Groin||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 / will play