The Bengals got good news on the injury front before and during their Wednesday practice.
Marvin Lewis gave some positive updates on A.J. Green, Joe Mixon and Billy Price earlier in the day. Then, Green was present for practice and was able to get in a limited session. Mixon worked on the rehab field and was officially listed as DNP, while Price was seen getting work on the stationary back.
Price is almost certainly out this week after the team said his foot injury would be re-evaluated in two weeks, which wouldn’t happen until next week. We should also assume Mixon is out this week unless he gets in a full practice, but it looks like both players are on their way to being back during the Bengals’ two-game stretch in Weeks 5-6 against the Dolphins and Steelers.
Even better was that Preston Brown (ankle) and Michael Johnson (knee) continued to practice on Wednesday, though they were officially listed as limited. The Bengals badly need them to play against the Falcons, especially after they got run over in Carolina this past Sunday.
Giovani Bernard (thigh) and Cordy Glenn (knee) were limited on Wednesday, though that was the case last week with Bernard, so he should be fine. The Glenn injury will be something to monitor after he struggled in Carolina.
The Falcons also have their fair share of injury concerns heading into Sunday. All-Pro receiver Julio Jones did not practice Wednesday due to a lingering calf injury, though he’s expected to play in Week 4.
Running back Devonta Freeman remained sidelined with his knee injury. He’s unlikely to play this week, but backup Tevin Coleman is more than capable of carrying the load in the backfield.
Defensive end Takk McKinley, who’s tied for the team lead in sacks (2), returned to practice on Wednesday. He would be a major boost to a Falcons defense that’s struggling mightily right now.