The Bengals were without some key names during Tuesday’s practice, and another was briefly hurt before returning.
First off, the guys who didn’t take part included linebacker Vontaze Burfict, wide receiver Cody Core and linebacker Vinny Rey.
#Bengals young LBs will get more reps today as Vinny Rey and Vontaze Burfict are out with ankle injuries. WR Cody Core not out here.— Jim Owczarski (@JimOwczarski) August 14, 2018
Burfict suffered an ankle injury during Monday’s practice. It’s unclear how severe it is, though he’ll have plenty of time to recover since he’s out for the first games to start the season. Still, this is hopefully minor and not something that sidelines him more than a few days.
Rey is dealing with an ankle injury suffered in last Thursday’s preseason opener against the Bears. He’s been sidelined ever since and probably won’t play vs. the Cowboys this week. With him and Burfict out, that means more reps for young guys like Jordan Evans, Nick Vigil, Hardy Nickerson, Brandon Bell, Chris Worley and Malik Jefferson.
As for Core, it’s unclear what’s plaguing him right now. He’s been a ghost for most of training camp and the preseason, so the last thing he needs is an injury. He’s probably the odd man out if the Bengals only keep A.J. Green, John Ross, Tyler Boyd, Josh Malone, Auden Tate and Alex Erickson at wide receiver.
No Burfict or Eifert today, but Dre Kirkpatrick is back to work. Eifert out here watching, haven’t seen Burfict. #Bengals— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonNFL) August 14, 2018
Tight end Tyler Eifert was held out for unknown reasons. The Bengals have been giving him random days off in training camp, and it looks like that will continues into the preseason as they look to ensure he’s healthy and active in Week 1.
The good news to come out of Tuesday’s session was Dre Kirkpatrick returning after missing Monday’s practice. He left Saturday’s practice early with an unknown issue, but it looks like nothing now that he’s back practicing.
The Bengals got a bit of an injury scare when Joe Mixon was seen limping after a drill, but he ended up not missing any practice.
Since I caused an uproar, Joe Mixon was limping a little after a one-on-one drill. When they went to team drills immediately after, he took the first rep and seemed fine. Never left practice or anything.— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) August 14, 2018
Mixon is primed for a big 2018 season if he can stay healthy, but if he does go down, Giovani Bernard has proven he can carry the workload.