The Bengals are somehow getting less healthy as they prepare for the Dolphins.
The Thursday injury report had several players downgraded from their Wednesday status, including wide receiver John Ross due to his groin injury. He’s looking more and more unlikely to play Sunday, which could mean Auden Tate is activated for the first time this season.
Giovani Bernard was sidelined for a second straight day due to his knee injury, though he says this issue isn’t why he missed the final drive of Sunday’s win over the Falcons.
Asked Gio if he thinks he can go Sunday. He pulled out the Marvin go-to line: "We'll see. We'll see how I feel, see if I slip in there." Gio said his absence from final 2 minutes Sunday in ATL was due to fatigue, not the knee injury that has held him out Wed and Thurs. #Bengals— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) October 4, 2018
Making matters worse is Joe Mixon was limited again, so he’s not a lock to play Sunday. If both Mixon and Bernard are out or limited Sunday, we could see a lot more Mark Walton than we’ve seen thus far.
Carl Lawson was a limited participant with an ankle injury, which likely happened in practice this week since he wasn’t previously on the injury report.
As for the Dolphins, they could be without several key players on Sunday.
Cameron Wake is one of Miami’s best players when healthy, and he could wreak havoc against a struggling group of Bengals offensive tackles. Wake has 93 career sacks.
Andre Branch is a key defensive starter as well who didn’t practice Wednesday but was able to get in a limited session Thursday. He had 10 sacks from 2016-17.
DeVante Parker is limited with a quad injury after missing much of the season thus far due to a finger injury. AJ Derby is still out with his foot issue, meaning Miami could be without two of their top pass catchers on Sunday.