The Cincinnati Bengals have released their final injury report ahead of their Thursday Night Football clash with the Houston Texans.
It includes John Ross getting the questionable designation, a sign that he’s a toss-up to play Thursday. My guess is he’ll be inactive and the Bengals give him a full week to prepare to make his debut in Week 3. He is listed as having three full practices this week, but those were light sessions that probably didn’t prepare him enough for the coaches to feel good about playing their star rookie on a short week.
Shawn Williams and C.J. Uzomah also are listed as questionable for Thursday. Williams is more likely to play since he’s a veteran and is used to these quick turnarounds. Uzomah doesn’t need to play since the Bengals still have Cethan Carter essentially taking that spot.
As expected, Michael Johnson and Trey Hopkins are out for this game. Hopkins didn’t practice this week due to a knee injury suffered Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. Johnson is in the NFL concussion protocol and didn’t practice this week.
As for the Texans, they have already ruled out seven players, including star linebacker Brian Cushing due to a concussion. Houston will also be without starting guard Jeff Allen (knee) and starting wide receiver Will Fuller (broken collarbone).
The Texans are also without their top tight end in C.J. Fiedorowicz, who was placed on IR today due to a concussion. Houston’s other two tight ends — Stephen Anderson and Ryan Griffin — are also out Thursday due to concussions, so Houston may not have an active tight end for this game.