The Bengals may have a roster’s worth of players on injured reserve, but the guys currently on the 53-man roster are getting healthier.
On Wednesday, ‘only’ six players did not take part in practice, while A.J. Green (toe), Nick Vigil (knee) and Dre Kirkpatrick (shoulder) all got in limited sessions. Green plans to play this week, though it’s unclear if either Kirkpatrick or Vigil will go.
Vigil has been out since Week 6 after injuring his knee vs. the Steelers. He would be a major boost to a defense that’s badly in need of linebacker help.
As for the guys sitting out, the most notable name was Carlos Dunlap, who apparently has a hip injury. He’s not missed a game this season, and this wasn’t a previously-reported injury. Nothing seemed to pop up with him during Sunday’s loss to the Browns, so hopefully this is more of a veteran’s rest day.
Alex Erickson sat out with a non-injury related issue. Perhaps he’s a little under the weather and will be fine by Sunday.
The real news is that both of the Bengals’ top left tackles — Cordy Glenn (back) and Jake Fisher (back) — both sat out Wednesday. Glenn was inactive in Sunday’s loss to the Browns, while Fisher was knocked out of the game with his own back issue. If they’re both down this week, Cedric Ogbuehi will start at left tackle.
Tony McRae is still in the concussion protocol after his scary injury on Sunday. Josh Malone (hamstring) remains out and could miss his fourth-straight game this week.
As for the Broncos, most of their 53-man roster will be healthy enough to play Sunday. Linebacker Shaq Barrett (hip) and cornerback Tramaine Brock (ribs) sat out Wednesday, while linebacker Brandon Marshall (knee) and safety Dymonte Thomas (ankle) were limited.