As most of the NFL enters the second quarter of the season, the Cincinnati Bengals are just as banged up as everyone else.
Thankfully, for their first practice of the week before they face the Baltimore Ravens on the road, they only had one player not practice at all.
While Carlos Dunlap was getting a veteran’s rest day, every other player practiced in some fashion. Geno Atkins (shoulder), Logan Wilson (concussion), and Mackensie Alexander (hamstring) were each limited after all three missed last Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Darius Phillips (knee) did happen to play on Sunday, but he was also limited and given a half-rest day.
Atkins practiced a little last week, but was ultimately unable to suit up by the end of the week. Head coach Zac Taylor said before Wednesday’s practice that Atkins, Wilson and Alexander would participate in individual drills and would then he would evaluate their health from there.
Jonah Williams (shoulder) is a surprise addition to the injury report and went limited on Wednesday as well. Williams hasn’t missed a snap this season through four games, but missed all of last season with a torn labrum.
The big news in regards to this week’s game comes from Baltimore, where star quarterback Lamar Jackson was held out of practice due to what’s being labeled as a minor knee injury. Per NFL insider Adam Schefter, Jackson did not practice for precautionary reasons.
Ravens’ QB Lamar Jackson did not practice today due to a knee injury that is not considered serious, per source. He was held out of practice for “precautionary reasons.” With Jackson out today, RG3 took the QB reps.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 7, 2020
We don’t know for sure how minor Jackson’s injury is, but it’s too soon to assume he’s game status is in any type of jeopardy.
Jackson wasn’t the only Raven to miss practice. TE Nick Boyle (thigh), CB Marcus Peters (thigh), RG Tyre Phillips (shoulder), CB Jimmy Smith (knee), and DT Broderick Washington (illness) were all out on Wednesday. DE Calais Campbell got a rest day like Dunlap did.
That’s a lot of starting players to miss practice. In addition, WR Marquise Brown (knee), LB Anthony Levine (abdomen), WR Chris Moore (thigh/finger), and LT Ronnie Stanley (shoulder) were all limited.