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NFL Week 16 Bengals vs Texans: Tyler Eifert, Vontaze Burfict still out Thursday; A.J. Green limited again

Several key Bengals and Texans were once again unable to practice on Thursday, putting their status for Saturday in doubt.

It looks like the Bengals will be very banged up when they head to Houston for Saturday's primetime clash with the Texans.

After failing to practice Wednesday, Vontaze Burfict was unable to go Thursday as he is still in the NFL concussion protocol. Given his previous concussion issues in the 2014 season, the Bengals should play it safe with Burfict and hold him out this week, which is supported by him not practicing on Wednesday or Thursday.

Also not going Thursday was Clint Boling with a shoulder injury. If the starting left guard is out, the Bengals could have a much different offensive line configuration Saturday, which may include Andrew Whitworth at guard.

Tight end Tyler Eifert was sidelined again Thursday due to a back injury. If you recall, Eifert suffered a back injury earlier this season that slowed his return from ankle surgery. If that's popped up again, don't expect Eifert to play this week, and don't be surprised if he's held out in Week 17 as well.

It doesn't help that backup tight end Tyler Kroft continues to sit out with a knee/ankle injury. That means C.J. Uzomah could be the No. 1 tight end in Houston. Keep in mind, Uzomah hasn't played since the Giants game in Week 10.

A.J. Green got in another limited session as he continues to stress his return for this Saturday's game. Jeremy Hill was limited Thursday after not practicing Wednesday with his knee issue.

As for Houston, star running back Lamar Miller was unable to practice again Thursday as he battles an ankle injury. If he's out this week, Alfred Blue and Akeem Hunt will likely get the bulk of the carries.

Whitney Mercilus got in another limited practice as he's working through a back injury that sidelined him last week. It's going to be a close call whether he plays Saturday. He leads the team with 5.5 sacks.

Everyone else practiced in some capacity on Thursday as the Texans should be close to full strength on Saturday.

Bengals vs Texans Injury Report

G Clint Boling Shoulder DNP DNP
LB Vontaze Burfict Knee/Concussion DNP DNP
TE Tyler Eifert Back DNP DNP
WR Alex Erickson NIR DNP --
DE Wallace Gilberry Calf LP LP
WR A.J. Green Hamstring LP LP
RB Jeremy Hill Knee DNP LP
DE Michael Johnson Shoulder LP LP
TE Tyler Kroft Knee/Ankle DNP DNP
LB Vincent Rey Hamstring LP LP
DT Pat Sims Hip LP LP
WR James Wright Knee LP LP
RB Lamar Miller Ankle DNP DNP
DE Jadeveon Clowney Elbow/Wrist LP LP
ILB Brian Cushing Ankle LP LP
CB Jonathan Joseph Ribs LP LP
OLB Whitney Mercilus Back LP LP
K Nick Novak Oblique/Back LP LP
OLB John Simon Chest LP LP
G Jeff Allen Concussion FP FP
T Chris Clark Ankle FP FP
TE C.J. Fiedorowicz Concussion FP FP
TE Ryan Griffin Hamstring FP FP
CB Kareem Jackson Hamstring FP FP
S Don Jones Illness FP FP
ILB Benardrick McKinney Wrist FP FP
ILB Brian Peters Quadricep FP FP
G Xavier Su'a-Filo Finger FP FP

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