After getting Christmas Day off, the Cincinnati Bengals returned to the practice field looking as healthy expected before their Week 17 matchup with the Cleveland Browns. Unfortunately, their Reserve/Injured list grew and is expected to grow even more.
A.J. Green (ankle) was officially placed on IR earlier this week and for the first time all season, will not be featured on the injury report. Green announced he would not play in the team’s final two games last week and the move to IR confirmed that statement.
Green is the 12th player for Cincinnati to end up on IR, and William Jackson III (shoulder) is expected to be No. 13. Jackson left last week’s game against the Miami Dolphins after going down awkwardly on his right shoulder in the third quarter. Jackson’s shoulder previously came out of socket earlier this year, so it’s wise to just shut him down to avoid further damage.
With Jackson out, Tony McRae (concussion) will be expected to serve as depth at the cornerback position. McRae also left Sunday’s game and didn’t return, but with a full practice today, he appears to be ready to play in the season finale like John Miller (concussion). Miller suffered his concussion two weeks ago against the New England Patriots and had been in the protocol ever since.
Stanley Morgan (concussion) also suffered a concussion against the Dolphins and did not practice today, which likely takes him out for Sunday.
Fresh off of being eliminated from the playoffs, the Browns could also be coming into this game very banged up. Wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. (groin) and Jarvis Landry (hip) went limited today as well as several others including OT Chris Hubbard (knee), C JC Tretter (knee), DE Olivier Vernon (knee), and DT Sheldon Richardson (back).
Beckham was dealing with his injury the last time these two teams played one another. Baker Mayfield was quoted after the game saying the handling of Beckham’s groin by the Browns’ medical staff could’ve been better. With one game left in the season, the Browns will still want Beckham out there.