Update: Mark Walton is expected to be fine following his injury in the Bengals’ preseason finale. That’s good news because the Bengals were hit with quite a few injuries in the game.
Mark Walton is fine, I’m told. Looks like the Bengals RBs are in good shape as they head to the regular season. Tonight aside, they’ve had good luck with injuries. Way better than years past.— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) August 31, 2018
After losing Matt Barkley and Cethan Carter in the first half, the Bengals have lost safety Tyrice Beverette, cornerback KeiVarae Russell and running back Mark Walton to injuries.
Mark Walton (shoulder) not expected to return and KeiVarae Russell, headed to the locker room for an IV, also not expected to return.— Laurel Pfahler (@LaurelPfahler) August 31, 2018
They say not expected to return, but Walton has been down on the sideline with his uniform off and his shoulder wrapped up, so I'd say definitely not going to return.— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) August 31, 2018
The team announced Beverette’s injury in the third quarter. It was unclear what the injury was, but the backup safety wasn’t going to make the 53-man roster. He was facing tough odds to just make the practice squad.
It sounds like Russell is just battling cramps and should be fine. He’s fighting for the final cornerback spot on the 53-man roster.
Walton, a rookie fourth-round pick out of Miami, is fighting with Brian Hill for the No. 4 running back spot. This should injury could prove to be the deciding factor if it leads to an extended absence.
We will update these stories if anything else comes out tonight.