Sunday’s game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers looks to feature the two teams with the most players on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, but there are other players who may not play due to injuries.
For the Bengals, Joe Mixon (foot), Bobby Hart (knee), and Darius Phillips (groin) did not practice on Wednesday. All three did not play in the team’s last game against the Tennessee Titans in Week 8, and Mixon’s been out since Week 7. This is not a good sign for any of them returning for this week.
Hart’s absence allowed Fred Johnson to fill in for him at right tackle two weeks ago, but with Johnson on the COVID-19 list, this may mean that Hakeem Adeniji will have to make his first start at right tackle.
Adeniji filled in for Jonah Williams (stinger) in Week 8 at left tackle and Williams looks to be on track to return this week. He was limited on Wednesday.
Trey Hopkins (concussion) was also out the last time the Bengals played and he got a full practice in on Wednesday. Samaje Perine (knee) and Geno Atkins (personal) round out the Bengals’ injury report.
The Steelers had five players not practice for non-injury related reasons. TE Eric Ebron, LT Alejandro Villanueva, C Maurkice Pouncey, RG David DeCastro, and DE Stephon Tuitt all did not practice.
WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) and DE Isaiah Buggs (ankle) did not practice either. DT Tyson Alualu (knee) has missed Pittsburgh’s previous two games and was limited on Wednesday.