The two starting running backs from the season’s first Battle of Ohio might both be out for Round 2 this Sunday in Cincinnati.
The Bengals practiced without Joe Mixon (foot) on Wednesday, as the star back watched the action from the sidelines, but not with a boot covering his injured foot.
Zac Taylor told reporters before practice that Mixon wouldn’t practice, and the team designated running back Jacques Patrick as a protected practice squad player for this week. At the very least, there’s a real chance Mixon won’t be able to suit up Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, but it’s too early in the week to say anything definitively.
Things are a bit more concerning in the secondary. Darius Phillips (illness) didn’t practice along with William Jackson III, who is listed with having a concussion.
Cincinnati has been fortunate so far this season avoiding concussions outside of losing Logan Wilson to one back in Week 4. Jackson can’t return to practice until he passes through the concussion protocol, which could either happen this week or maybe a week from now.
Jackson seemed to suffer his concussion when Jessie Bates III collided with him during Bates’ fourth-quarter interception on Sunday. Jackson did not exit the game after that, though.
Phillips should hopefully be back soon, but Jackson very well could be out this week. His one interception this season came against the Browns back in Week 2, but he also gave up a touchdown in that game as well.
Auden Tate (shoulder) missed last Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts and was limited on Wednesday as he continues to recover. Shawn Williams (hamstring) and Markus Bailey (neck) were also limited with injuries that they’ve dealt with earlier this season.
Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap got their usual Wednesday off, and A.J. Green was limited due to rest as well.
The Browns were without three players due to injury as well. RG Wyatt Teller (calf), LB Jacob Phillips (knee), and S Andrew Sendejo (shin) did not practice. Teller was diagnosed with a calf strain last week and was deemed week-to-week, so it’s not likely he plays this week after missing last week as well.
Of the seven players that were limited, Baker Mayfield (chest) is the biggest name. Mayfield originally hurt his ribs two weeks ago in a game against the Colts and was replaced by backup Case Keenum during their last game against the Pittsburgh Steelers due to his injury. Unless Mayfield’s injury gets worse, we should expect him to start this Sunday.
RB Kareem Hunt (ribs), WR Jarvis Landry (hip/ribs), TE David Njoku (shoulder), C JC Tretter (knee), S Karl Joseph (hamstring) and P Jamie Gillan (groin) were all limited as well.