It was a mix of good and bad news for the Bengals on the practice field today.
With the news of A.J. Green being placed on injured reserve from yesterday, the Bengals had just four players that did not practice today. Defensive starters Vontaze Burfict and Dre Kirkpatrick remained sidelined with a concussion and ankle injury, respectively. Cordy Glenn’s back injury also seems to be still prevalent as he’s on track to miss his third game in a row. Tony McRae’s concussion should also keep him out for Sunday’s game.
Yesterday had both Carlos Dunlap and Michael Johnson practicing in limited fashion as they were dealing a hip and pectoral injury, respectively. Today both defensive ends got the green light to practice fully and both should be fine to play Sunday with another full practice tomorrow.
The same cannot be said about Josh Malone and Joe Mixon, who have both been limited thus far this week.
Malone had miss the last few games with a hamstring and the team seems to be slowly bringing him back just in time to compensate for Green’s season-ending injury. Mixon, on the other hand, surprisingly popped up on the injury report yesterday with a foot injury and remained limited with it today as well. If he remains limited tomorrow, he’ll likely be listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. With how banged up the offense is right now, losing Mixon will only make things worse, despite the fact that Mixon probably doesn’t get as many touches as he deserves.
As for the Chargers, Melvin Gordon remained out with a knee injury, but his backup Austin Ekeler went full for the second day in a row. Ekeler figures to split carries with rookie Justin Jackson again.
Brandon Mebane was listed as limited yesterday after returning to the team from a two-week absence to be with his family after his daughter was born over a month too early and was fighting a stomach infection. He had a full practice today and should be ready to take on the Bengals’ interior offensive line.