The Bengals saw several key players return to practice on Wednesday.
Among them were John Ross, Billy Price and Clint Boling, all of whom went full and looked poised to play in Week 10 vs. the Saints. Ross has missed two of the last three games with a groin injury. The Bengals need him to step up in a big way to account for the loss of A.J. Green, who didn’t practice Wednesday and is expected to miss this week with a toe injury.
Price actually returned to practice in Week 8, though he was limited before being inactive vs. the Buccaneers. He hasn’t played since Week 2 vs. the Ravens after suffering a foot injury. Thanks to having the bye in Week 9 to recover more, Price should play Sunday vs. the Saints.
Boling left the Week 8 win with a back injury, then didn’t practice on Monday. His back spasms weren’t believed to be serious, but it’s still great to see him getting a full session in.
While Boling practiced, fellow starting guard Alex Redmond did not. Redmond is dealing with a hamstring injury, and it’s unclear when exactly he suffered it. If he’s out, the Bengals will probably move Trey Hopkins to right guard. Hopkins has been starting at center and playing well, leaving open the possibility that Price moves to guard.
Giovani Bernard also returned to practice, though it was in a limited capacity, so he’s still very iffy for Sunday as he recovers from his knee injury.
As for the guys not expected to play this week, Darqueze Dennard (sternoclavicular), Vontaze Burfict (hip), Tyler Kroft (foot) and Nick Vigil (knee) remained out. It’s untelling when they’ll return, though Dennard, Kroft and Burfict did work on the rehab field Wednesday, so they could be nearing a return.
As for the Saints, they also have a host of key players banged up ahead of Sunday. Defensive end Marcus Davenport, guard Larry Warford and cornerback PJ Williams all did not practice Wednesday, while left tackle Terron Armstead, guard Andrus Peat, right tackle Ryan Ramczyk and center Max Unger were limited.
That means nearly the entire starting offensive line is injured right now, though we should expect most, if not all of the limited guys to play Sunday.