Before today’s practice, Bengals head coach Zac Taylor announced A.J. Green would not be practicing today and that the receiver is still considered day-to-day to return. Green wasn’t the only one to not practice with the team.
Auden Tate (concussion), Stanley Morgan (illness) and Drew Sample (ankle) were each held out of practice due to their respective injuries. Tate was carted off the field during last Sunday’s game against the Raiders after taking a scary hit to the neck. Fortunately, Tate flew home with the team from Oakland and proclaimed he avoided any major injuries. Tate still remains in the concussion protocol regardless for safety purposes.
Morgan also played last week but appears to have caught something during the week. Hopefully he can return before Sunday in case Tate doesn’t return. Sample’s injury is still week-to-week, so don’t expect him to practice for a while longer.
The Bengals also had three players taking veteran rest days in Geno Atkins, Tyler Eifert, and Darqueze Dennard. Sunday was the second time Dennard played a full game this season and the team is surely keeping his practice workload light like they’ve been doing for Atkins and Eifert all season long.
Two more starters are also listed on the injury report. Billy Price (back) and Shawn Williams were limited today. It’s unclear if they suffered these injuries during Sunday’s game as each played the entire game, but they’re two injuries to monitor this week.
The Steelers are dealing with many more issues on their end. JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson both suffered concussions last week against the Browns and while Smith-Schuster didn’t practice today, Johnson did. Both are in the concussion protocol, but if Johnson’s already practicing, he might be able to play on Sunday.
Along with Smith-Schuster, James Conner (shoulder) and Nick Vannett (illness) did not practice today and Vance McDonald and Mark Barron got rest days. Maurkice Pouncey is suspended for the next three games and that’s the reason for his being listed on the injury report.
On defense, Artie Burns (knee) and Bud Dupree (arm) were both limited.