With Sunday’s loss now in the rear-view mirror, the Cincinnati Bengals would love nothing more than to move on and prepare for another road game against the Indianapolis Colts. Unfortunately, they can’t do so without dealing with a growing list of injuries.
Headlining Wednesday’s injury report is A.J. Green (hamstring), who did practice at least somewhat. Against the Ravens, Green seemed to re-aggravate his hamstring he originally tweaked in training camp injury and was limited along with Giovani Bernard (groin) and Mackensie Alexander (hamstring). Alexander has missed the previous two games but could make his return this week.
Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap both got their usual rest days and Sam Hubbard (elbow) probably won’t practice for at least two weeks. What’s concerning is that both Darius Phillips and Auden Tate were both out with shoulder injuries to start the week. Phillips has been playing for Alexander in the slot and had been starting in place for Trae Waynes before that. He put together a solid performance in run defense against Baltimore.
Tate’s absence would be impactful as well. If Green can’t play this week, Tate would be the next man up at receiver. Both players playing hurt or not playing at all would mean more Mike Thomas and/or Alex Erickson, which is fine, but the Colts possess one of the best pass defenses in the NFL. Maybe John Ross III gets another shot?
Speaking of the Colts, five of their players couldn’t practice due to injury on Wednesday. LB Darius Leonard (groin) missed practice all last week before not playing against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. DE Justin Houston (hip), TE Mo Alie-Cox (knee), Julian Blackmon (groin), and Denico Autry (ankle/knee) were all injured sometime during their Week 5 game.
LT Anthony Castonzo (rib) didn’t play last week but returned to practice on Wednesday in limited fashion.