It took a month, but Geno Atkins is finally set to play football for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Atkins was a full participant during Friday’s practice. It was the first time all season the eight-time Pro Bowl 3-technique was a full participant at practice since he injured his shoulder in late August.
Because of this, Atkins wasn’t even designated as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens. Joe Mixon, on the other hand, is listed as questionable. Mixon hurt his shin during Thursday’s practice, but appeared fine on Friday. He should be able to go in Baltimore.
The same probably can’t be said for Mackensie Alexander (hamstring) and John Ross III (illness). Alexander missed last week’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars with the same injury and doesn’t appear ready to go just yet. Ross has been a healthy scratch for the last two weeks, so whether or not his ailment is serious or not, it probably doesn’t impact their immediate plans on offense.
Jonah Williams (shoulder) and Markus Bailey (neck) both went full after being limited on Thursday (as well as Wednesday for Williams’ case). Both will be able to play, but Bailey might go back to being a healthy scratch since Logan Wilson (concussion) will be good to return this week.
Bengals Injury Report
If anybody can correctly guess the inactives list for the Ravens this Sunday, they deserve some kind of award. The Ravens have 12 players listed as questionable on the final injury report.
One of them is QB Lamar Jackson (knee/illness), but after he returned to practice today, reports say he’ll be 100% ready for Sunday. Jackson’s absence during the last two practices were deemed to be precautionary, so his full return was the expectation.
It’ll be good to see the Bengals play the Ravens with the reigning MVP under center for them. This will be a proper litmus test to see how far away the Bengals are from competing with a true contender.
Of the other 11 questionable players, most of them are starters. The ones who seem more unlikely to play than the rest are CB Marcus Peters (thigh), CB Jimmy Smith (knee), and TE Mark Andrews (thigh) since none of those three practiced in full on Friday. It’s entirely possible that all three play, but one or another, the Ravens will be down a few key players on Sunday.