The Bengals have released their final injury report, and only one player’s status is in question for Sunday.
Starting safety Shawn Williams (concussion) is listed as questionable after getting in a full practice on Friday. That would suggest he’s trending toward clearing the NFL’s concussion protocol, but it’s far from a done deal he’ll face the Chiefs. If he’s down, Clayton Fejedelem will start in his place.
As for the rest of the injured Bengals, Giovani Bernard (knee/toe), Tyler Kroft (foot), Darqueze Dennard (sternoclavicular), Billy Price (foot) and Nick Vigil (knee) have all been ruled out. None of them appear likely to play in Week 8 vs. the Buccaneers either.
Thankfully, the bye week comes in Week 9, so it’s possible most of them are back by Week 10 when the Saints come to Paul Brown Stadium.
For the Chiefs, starting center Mitch Morse (concussion) has been ruled out, while linebacker Justin Houston (hamstring) and safety Eric Berry (heel) are listed as doubtful. Berry would be a game-changer for a struggling Chiefs defense if active, but it looks like his 2018 debut will have to wait a little longer.
Backup linebacker Tanoh Kpassagnon and safety Eric Murray are both questionable with ankle injuries.
Sunday Update: Shawn Williams was out early on the field at Arrowhead Stadium getting in a workout with Giovani Bernard and other injured Bengals. While that may sound good, Katherine Terrell reports it may actually be a bad sign for his availability tonight.
Shawn Williams is also down here going through a workout by himself. I'd actually say that looks like it's NOT a good sign because the other players out here working out aren't playing, but it's hard to say.— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) October 21, 2018