Two of the most heartening pieces of news on Wednesday were that Cordy Glenn (concussion), a player the Bengals desperately need back, was finally a full go. He and A.J. Green (ankle) were expected to be back this week.
Well, it’s one step forward, two steps back for the Bengals.
For different reasons, both key players did not practice on Thursday, which raises concerns. While many have speculated that Green could be on the trading block (he’s not), Glenn actually might be based on what’s gone on between him and the Bengals.
The starting cornerbacks, William Jackson (shoulder) and Dre Kirkpatrick (knee) are still out, and will be for a while. Two key defensive ends, Carlos Dunlap (knee) and Carl Lawson (hamstring) are also out. After seeing the Bengals sign defensive end Anthony Zettel today, that would suggest one or both of Lawson and Dunlap are unlikely to play Sunday.
Offensive linemen Andre Smith (ankle) and John Miller (groin) remain out as well, and since Glenn is probably not going to be activated this week, it looks like we’re stuck with John Jerry and Alex Redmond back in the lineup.
Shawn Williams (thigh) was still limited at practice on Thursday.
There is some good news coming out of practice on Thursday. Ryan Glasgow (thigh) is finally a full participant, so he should help that battered defensive line. He will be joined by Geno Atkins, who is back after having the day off on Thursday. Tyler Eifert also resumed practice after a day off.
Bengals injury report
Jaguars injury report
For the Jags, OL Brandon Linder (rest) and TE Josh Oliver (hamstring) were full participants in practice. Veteran DL Calais Campbell was at practice after taking a rest day, but was limited. No injury has been reported for Campbell.
S Cody Davis (hamstring) was the only other player who was limited in practice on Thursday.
The bad news for the Jaguars is that WR Dede Westbrook (shoulder) was added to the injury report on Thursday. He joined WR Marqise Lee (ankle) and TE Geoff Swaim (concussion, ankle) on the DNP list, thinning out the arsenal for the fighting Gardner Minshew.