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Bengals at Panthers injury report: Preston Brown and Michael Johnson still limited

The Bengals really need Preston Brown to suit up Sunday against a strong Panthers ground game.

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The Bengals are getting healthier ahead of their Week 3 matchup with the Panthers, but several key players still look iffy for Sunday.

That includes linebacker Preston Brown and defensive end Michael Johnson, both of whom were limited on Thursday for a second-straight day. Brown is recovering from his ankle injury suffered in Week 1, while Johnson is battling an MCL sprain suffered in Week 2. It looks like both players are trending toward a questionable designation for Week 3, though Brown looks like the likelier of the two to play.

Bobby Hart did not practice due to an illness, but he’s expected to be ok for Sunday.

Joe Mixon and Billy Price didn’t practice again as they’ll likely miss at least the next two games. Giovani Bernard got in a full session Thursday after being limited on Wednesday.

As for the Panthers, it was pretty much the same story as Wednesday. Cornerback Donte Jackson (groin), tight end Greg Olsen (foot) wide receiver Curtis Samuel (medical illness), safety Da'Norris Searcy (concussion) and guard Trai Turner (concussion) all remained sidelined and look unlikely to play Sunday.

Turner is the biggest loss if he’s inactive, as he’s become a very good guard for a team that’s already been hit hard along the offensive line with injuries. If he’s out, that will allow Geno Atkins and Andrew Billings to make a bigger impact in a game they need to dominate for the Bengals to win.

The only other Panther on the injury report was wide receiver Damiere Byrd (knee) getting in a limited session.