A mix of good and bad news came out of Thursday’s practice for the Cincinnati Bengals.
It’s looking more and more like this will not be the week Joe Mixon (foot) will return to action. The 24-year old running back did not practice on Thursday after sitting out of Wednesday’s practice as well.
Joining Mixon on the sidelines Thursday was Tee Higgins (illness), Tony Brown (foot), and Alex Redmond (biceps). Higgins and Brown are new additions to the injury report, but Redmond was limited on Wednesday with his injury. This may take Redmond out of the equation for Sunday’s game against the Washington Football Team. Quinton Spain is the favorite to start in his place at right guard as Xavier Su’a-Filo has yet to practice since he was cleared to do so last week.
If Spain indeed goes to right guard, which would be his third position to start at in three weeks, then Bobby Hart (knee) could take his starting spot at right tackle back. Hart was a full participant on Thursday after being limited on Wednesday; as was Jessie Bates III, who was cleared from being a potential COVID-19 close contact on Wednesday. Germaine Pratt was also cleared and practiced in full.
Brown started at cornerback last week because LeShaun Sims (concussion) was out, but Sims went full on Thursday along with Mackensie Alexander (concussion).
Xavier Williams (back) remained limited and Mike Thomas was limited with a hamstring injury. A.J. Green, and Mike Daniels returned from their rest days, and Geno Atkins went limited in his first practice from paternity leave. Jonah Williams (stinger) has now had back-to-back full practices, so he should be good to return this week as well.
The only change on Washington’s injury report involves OT Geron Christian Sr., who was placed on the Reserve/Injured list on Thursday for his knee injury. Interestingly enough, the team also placed rookie OT Saahdiq Charles on I.R. this week after he dislocated his kneecap back in Week 6.
Starting LT Cornelius Lucas (ankle) missed his second straight practice along with the five other active players listed on the injury report. If Lucas can’t play on Sunday, the team will likely roll out Morgan Moses and David Sharpe at the tackle spots. Moses, who is the team’s starting RT, filled in at left tackle when Lucas went out during last week’s game against the Detroit Lions.