Three defensive lineman and three pass catchers popped up on the Bengals’ first injury report before their matchup against the New England Patriots this week. The good news is, most of them are familiar faces.
The most familiar of faces is A.J. Green (ankle) who did not practice today and is still listed as day-to-day, per head coach Zac Taylor. Green was apparently looking good in pregame workouts last Sunday before the Browns game according to Bengals Radio Network analyst Dave Lapham, but if he’s not practicing, he’s not 100% ready to play.
Joining Green, per usual, were Geno Atkins and Darqueze Dennard, who both had rest days. Tyler Eifert was also limited for rest as well.
Sam Hubbard (knee) missed Sunday’s game after not practicing all week leading up to it. He was limited today and that’s a good sign if he’s going to return against the Patriots.
What’s not a good sign is seeing John Ross III (foot) and Renell Wren (hip) showing up as limited with their respective injuries. Both Ross and Wren played in Sunday’s game, it was even Ross’ first game back from Injured Reserve, where he spent eight weeks out with a sternoclavicular injury. These are injuries to watch for the Bengals this week.
Only one player for the Patriots didn’t practice today and he’s one you’ll know. Julian Edelman (knee/shoulder) sat out today and according to Jeff Howe of The Athletic, Edelman was held out for load management reasons.
Other notable players such as Jason McCourty (groin), Danny Shelton (shoulder) and former Bengals receiver Mohamed Sanu (ankle) were limited today. New England’s most recent first-round pick pick N’Keal Harry (hip) and Tom Brady (elbow) each had a full practice.