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A.J. Green, William Jackson among several Bengals dinged up at Tuesday’s practice

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The Bengals had several players dinged up throughout Tuesday’s OTA session, including A.J. Green.

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It may be just an OTA session, but the Bengals had several notable players battling various minor injuries at Tuesday’s practice.

First up were Tyler Kroft and Clint Boling, who were seen working on the side field.

The fact that Boling and Kroft were working at all suggests whatever kept them from doing more team work is minor at best. Boling is one of the few players this offense can ill-afford to lose, as he’s become one of the NFL’s best left guards. He’s also one of the few rocks on an offensive line that’s been littered with holes in recent years.

As for Kroft, he needs a big year in 2018, as this is currently a contract year for the former third-round pick out of Rutgers. He’s played well enough that the Bengals could look to extend him this offseason, but with Tyler Eifert still here, the team may wait to see how both players do in 2018 before offering them new contracts next offseason.

While those two were limited from the start of Tuesday’s session, two other key players suffered what are hopefully minor dings during practice. They were wide receiver A.J. Green and cornerback William Jackson, who may end up being the Bengals’ two best players in 2018.

The absolute 100 percent last thing the Bengals can afford right now is a serious injury to Green in an offseason workout. He’s the heartbeat of an offense that’s been on life support for much of the past two seasons, so losing him would be fatal. Thankfully, it doesn’t appear this is anything significant. He sat out for the rest of practice, like as a precautionary measure as he hardly needs an OTA practice to improve.

The same goes for Jackson, who had a minor ding but was able to return to practice. He’s quickly become one of the NFL’s best cornerbacks, and he could be poised for another major jump in 2018. It seems like Jackson’s injury was just a scare as he got right back on the field following an interaction with trainers.

Elsewhere, starting safety Shawn Williams was limited with an unknown injury, allowing rookie Jessie Bates to actually get starting reps.

It’s unclear why Williams isn’t getting a full session in, but seeing that he’s running sprints suggests he’s ok. This may also be the Bengals simply keeping him limited to allow Bates to play more. They’re expecting big things from the rookie safety out of Wake Forest, so better to get him as many reps as possible now.

The Bengals were also without cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick on Tuesday, as he was attending a funeral. Defensive end Carlos Dunlap continues to be absent as he looks for a new contract from the Bengals and doesn’t want to risk an OTA injury in a contract year.