This afternoon, the Bengals announced Tyler Boyd (knee), Jordan Evans (ankle) and Dre Kirkpatrick (shoulder) would be placed on injured reserve. But they weren’t the only players declared out for Sunday’s season finale against the Steelers.
Vontaze Burfict (concussion) and Tony McRae (hamstring) will not play on Sunday after both players missed all week of practice. Burfict suiting would’ve been a major surprise considering his concussion was the second one he suffered in the last month. Neither player has been placed on injured reserve as of yet.
Darqueze Dennard (wrist), Christian Ringo (knee) and Shawn Williams (pectoral) will all be playing in Pittsburgh after they practiced in full this week with no setbacks. Dennard will likely take Kirkpatrick’s spot as one of the boundary cornerbacks while rookie Darius Phillips will replace Dennard’s spot in the slot.
Ringo has played 77 snaps since Week 15 and should continue to operate as the backup to Geno Atkins at 3-technique. Williams has not missed a game this season despite suffering numerous injuries throughout multiple games, and he will finish the year with 16 starts for the first time in his career.
The Steelers have listed RB James Conner (ankle) S Sean Davis (quad) and WR Antonio Brown (coach’s decision/knee) as questionable, along with LB Vince Williams (toe) as doubtful.
Conner participated in every practice this week, so it’s looking like he’ll play. Davis managed to practice today after being sidelined on Wednesday and Thursday. Williams may as well have been declared out after not practicing all week.
Brown also failed to practice all week after getting a veteran’s day off on Wednesday, and will undergo more tests this weekend to determine if he can play. A player of Brown’s caliber does not need many practice reps anyways, so if the team clears him, he’ll probably play. If not, the Steelers offense will miss their best player.