The Bengals defense launched a huge comeback against the Dolphins, who were up by 17 in the second half. The Bengals ended up winning 27-17. Just as importantly, they remained relatively healthy during the game.
Linebacker Preston Brown left in the first half. He was seen getting his ankle re-taped on the sideline. It seemed to be a potential aggravation of the injury that sidelined him for two games in Weeks 3-4.
Hardy Nickerson Jr. struggled as his replacement. Luckily, this was Vontaze Burfict’s first week back from suspension, so the team wasn’t left without a veteran at the position during Brown’s brief absence. Brown returned and finished the game.
Tyler Kroft also went down with a foot injury in the first half, but he returned soon thereafter. Although, he never recorded a catch in the game despite Tyler Eifert being out. C.J. Uzomah was only targeted twice, so it just wasn’t a big day for Bengals tight ends in the passing game. Though, Uzomah did record 43 yards on his two grabs.
There was an unknown issue with starting safety Shawn Williams, who left the game briefly:
Shawn williams just asked out and threw his helmet. #Bengals— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) October 7, 2018
Fwiw Bengals S Shawn Williams just went to the lockerroom— Chris Perkins (@chrisperk) October 7, 2018
The injury or issue was never revealed, as Williams eventually returned and finished out the game.
Of course, the Bengals were banged up coming into the game. Giovani Bernard and John Ross weren’t able to suit up. Bernard is expected to be out for at least one more week with an MCL sprain. Ross is still recovering from a groin injury. Rookie center Billy Price is also still recovering from a foot injury and he’s already said he won’t be able to play against the Steelers on Sunday.
The Bengals will hit the practice field on Wednesday to prepare for their first meeting of the year with the Steelers.