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Bills at Bengals injury report: Andrew Billings sidelined; Tyler Kroft limited

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The Bengals had just about every tight end/h-back on the Wednesday injury report.

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The Cincinnati Bengals were banged up as they held their first practice in preparation for Buffalo Bills.

That’s especially true at the tight end/h-back position, where four players were listed on the injury report, three of which were not even practicing Wednesday. That includes Tyler Eifert (back), C.J. Uzomah (knee) and Ryan Hewitt (knee). Hewitt and Eifert are almost certainly out this week, and it’s unclear how bad Uzomah’s knee issue is.

Tyler Kroft, the breakout star of Week 4, was limited due to a neck/knee issue. Hopefully, it’s nothing serious enough to keep him out of the starting lineup on Sunday. If he were held out, Cethan Carter would be the only healthy tight end/h-back.

Also missing practice Wednesday was defensive tackle Andrew Billings. The expected starter at nose tackle this season, Billings has been effectively passed over by Pat Sims and Ryan Glasgow, both of whom are getting extensive snaps, while Billings is playing around 10 snaps per game. Even so, Billings’ ability to clog up the middle would be needed against a run-heavy Bills team.

Speaking of the Bills, they had a host of key players sidelined or limited on Wednesday, including Jordan Matthews (thumb), Micah Hyde (knee), Marcell Dareus (ankle), and Shaq Lawson (foot). Matthews is the only one certain to be out this week due to his thumb injury, which reportedly needs surgery to fix.

Buffalo Bills at Cincinnati Bengals Injury Report