Joe Mixon (foot) and William Jackson III (concussion) have both been declared out with their respective ailments. Mixon appeared very affected during the game after injuring his foot and Jackson wasn’t likely to pass through the concussion protocol so quickly after suffering a blow to the head so late in last Sunday’s matchup.
With luck, those two will be the only injured inactives for Cincinnati as Shawn Williams (hamstring) and John Ross III (illness) are both listed as questionable. Williams was limited at practice all week long with the hamstring injury he dealt with earlier in the season.
Ross was listed with an illness earlier this season as well, but that label is purposely ambiguous. The fourth-year receiver approached the Bengals about a trade recently and Auden Tate returning this week, it’s probable that Ross will really just be a healthy scratch again.
Instead of losing another player, the defensive line is gaining one back in Mike Daniels. The ninth-year veteran spent the last three weeks on Injured Reserve and practiced this week immediately after his three weeks were up. Daniels may be eased into the defensive line rotation, but they need all the bodies they can get.
Bengals Injury Report
The Browns have declared three of their own players out for Sunday. TE Austin Hooper underwent an appendectomy this week, which explains why he is listed with an illness. LB Jacob Phillips is out as well after missing the week of practice with a knee injury.
RG Wyatt Teller (calf) is arguably the biggest loss. Teller hasn’t practiced in two weeks, yet is still Pro Football Focus’ highest-graded guard in the entire league. Teller will be missed considering how dominant he was in the Cleveland’s Week 2 victory over Cincinnati.
S Karl Joseph (hamstring) is the lone player listed as questionable.