In their first practice without Joe Burrow, the Cincinnati Bengals were without two skill position players on offense.
Giovani Bernard, who has started at running back for the past four games, did not practice due to a concussion. If Bernard is in the concussion protocol, that puts his status for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants in jeopardy.
What’s interesting is that Bernard spoke with the media before Wednesday’s practice. If the team knew he had a concussion, they wouldn’t have had him speak in front of a camera, no matter how severe the concussion is. And if he suffered it during practice, he would’ve been listed as limited. Perhaps the explanation is the team learned about it right before practice and kept Bernard from participating.
Along with Bernard, Mike Thomas (hamstring) did not practice, but the veteran receiver was seen working on the rehab field. Mackensie Alexander and Markus Bailey were both limited with hamstring injuries while Geno Atkins, Mike Daniels, and A.J. Green all had rest days.
The Giants have just three players listed on their injury report, and only one had his practice affected due to an injury. WR Sterling Shepard (hip/toe) was limited while CB James Bradbury was excused for a family-related matter and will eventually return to practice this week.
Former Bengal Kevin Zeitler had a full practice despite being listed with a concussion.