The Bengals have ruled five players out for Sunday’s London battle against the Rams in Wembley Stadium. One of the players will not even be in attendance.
Cordy Glenn (concussion) did not travel across the pond with the rest of the team yesterday. The decision to keep Glenn home was made by head coach Zac Taylor, who said Glenn “wasn’t feeling great at practice”.
Fresh off of serving a one-game suspension that was handed out by the team, this doesn’t seem to promote the idea that Glenn’s relationship with the team has been amended. Glenn has yet to play this season and if the Bengals do anything before next Tuesday’s trade deadline, it might be finding Glenn a new home.
A.J. Green (ankle) will also not be making his season debut this week, but looks to be on track to play in two weeks after the team’s bye week. That’s at least an optimistic way of looking at it.
Glenn’s backup, Andre Smith, may at least be able to play in this game. Smith has been out since he injured his ankle in Week 5 against the Cardinals, but is listed as questionable for Sunday. The same goes for John Miller, who missed last week after he injured his groin in Week 6 against the Ravens.
On defense, Carl Lawson (hamstring) will be missing his second consecutive game, but Carlos Dunlap’s absence on the injury report indicates that he’ll be playing for the first time since Week 5. A knee injury forced Dunlap to miss two games after playing in last 115.
Along with Dunlap, William Jackson III (shoulder) will be returning after missing last week. His presence will be needed as the secondary will be without Dre Kirkpatrick (knee) and Darqueze Dennard (hamstring). Kirkpatrick has missed the last one-and-half games and will hopefully be back in Week 10. Dennard made his season debut last week but appears to have tweaked something after playing for the first time all year.
The Rams have declared Malcolm Brown (ankle), Clay Matthews (jaw) and Bryce Hager (shoulder) out for Sunday, while Troy Hill (hamstring) is listed as questionable. Out of those four, only Hill practiced this week as he was limited today.