The Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers are both banged up heading into their Week 3 matchup.
The Bengals were without a pair of starters on Wednesday, highlighted by Tyler Eifert being out with a back injury. If he’s out this week, it would be a big loss to an offense that’s already struggling to score. Replacing him would be Tyler Kroft, who has one catch for five yards this season.
Also sitting out was Trey Hopkins, though he was able to work on the rehab field. If he remains out, T.J. Johnson will remain the starting right guard.
Three Bengals were limited due to illness on Wednesday, including starting tackles Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher. Rookie receiver John Ross was also limited. Hopefully, all three players are healthy enough to play Sunday.
The good news Wednesday was Michael Johnson returned to practice, though it was in a limited capacity as he recovers from a concussion. If he doesn’t play this week, rookie Jordan Willis should continue to start at defensive end across from Carlos Dunlap.
As for the Packers, they’re still without starting tackle David Bakhtiari and backup Jason Spriggs. However, Green Bay did have Bryan Bulaga at practice on Wednesday for a full session. Bulaga and Bakhtiari missed Green Bay’s blowout loss to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2.
Star defensive lineman Mike Daniels missed practice with a hip injury. He’s easily one of, if not the best Packers defender, so not having him would be a big boost for the Bengals’ struggling offensive line.
Starting wide receiver Randall Cobb didn’t practice Wednesday due to a chest injury. Fellow receiver Jordy Nelson did practice as he battles through a quad injury. Nelson was forced from Sunday’s loss due to his injury, so seeing him already back practicing is a good sign he’ll play in Week 3.