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The Debrief: Concern for Dre but optimism for A.J. Green

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The Cincinnati Bengals may have lost cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, but may have gained A.J. Green for Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.

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1) Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick may miss Sunday’s game against Atlanta. According to the team’s injury report, Kirkpatrick missed Thursday’s practice with a back/groin. He was limited on Wednesday with a groin, so the “back” inclusion is new. The Cincinnati Enquirer writes that he’ll be out — they reference historical instances when players didn’t practice on Thursday, not any official pronouncement.

2) A.J. Green appears to be playing Sunday. On the other hand, Green, who was limited on Wednesday with a pelvis injury, was a full participant Thursday. Obviously, this increases the likelihood that he’ll play on Sunday — a welcome update.

3) Joe Mixon is getting closer. Running back Joe Mixon told reporters that his knee feels great and that he could play Sunday if medically cleared. Don’t expect it. Mixon spent practice on the rehab field Thursday, same as Wednesday. Running back Giovani Bernard figures to start and Thomas Rawls, signed last week, could make his debut as the team’s primary backup (though I’d like to see more out of Mark Walton, but I’m not a coach).

4) Center Billy Price shooting for Steelers week. Alternatively, center Billy Price is shooting for a Week 6 return — we’re not sure if that being Steelers week factored into his target date, but we’ll pretend it did, so “whodey!” He’ll reportedly be re-evaluated on Tuesday.

Bengals Week 4 Practice/Injury Report

POS BENGALS INJURY WED THUR FRI STATUS
POS BENGALS INJURY WED THUR FRI STATUS
HB Joe Mixon Knee DNP DNP DNP OUT
C Billy Price Foot DNP DNP DNP OUT
CB Dre Kirkpatrick Groin LP DNP FP
HB Giovani Bernard Thigh LP LP FP
OT Cordy Glenn Knee LP LP FP
LB Preston Brown Ankle LP FP FP
CB Darqueze Dennard Calf LP FP FP
WR A.J. Green Pelvis LP FP FP
DE Michael Johnson Knee LP FP FP
TE Tyler Eifert Back FP FP FP
TE Tyler Kroft Finger -- FP FP

To have with your chamomile tea (for your reading pleasure):

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