Joe Mixon is out after undergoing knee surgery that will sideline him 2-4 weeks. Tra Carson injured himself Monday and has since been waived in favor of Thomas Rawls, who couldn’t even finish practice Wednesday due to cramps.
As for the presumed starter this week, Giovani Bernard now has a knee injury that had him limited on Wednesday. It’s unclear when this injury occurred and how serious it may be. If he were to miss this week, fourth-round rookie Mark Walton figures to be the starter at Carolina.
Elsewhere, defensive end Michael Johnson was a limited participant on Wednesday. He reportedly suffered an MCL sprain in Week 2 that was expected to sideline him multiple weeks, but it now looks like there’s a chance he plays in Week 3.
Middle linebacker Preston Brown was also limited with an ankle injury, which led to him being inactive last week. The Bengals really need him Sunday to stop a Panthers offense that ranks fifth in rushing offense.
As expected, Billy Price didn’t practice and is expected to be out for two weeks due to his foot injury.
On Carolina’s side, starting guard Trai Turner remains sidelined with a concussion. He looks highly questionable for this week, as does safety Da'norris Searcy, who is also dealing with a concussion.
Tight end Greg Olsen remains out with a foot injury and is not expected to play for several more weeks. That’s good news for a Bengals defense among the league’s worst at stopping tight ends.