After just a one day break, the Cincinnati Bengals returned to the practice field to begin preparations for what they hope is their first road win in over two years. They did have a few players sit out due to injury.
Tyler Boyd (concussion) did not practice and is officially in the concussion protocol. Considering the short week, it seems unlikely he practices this week and plays on Sunday. Alex Erickson, who is an impending free agent this offseason, would start for Boyd in the slot.
Darius Phillips (knee), Logan Wilson (ankle), and Jordan Evans (hamstring) were also non-participants on Wednesday. Phillips made his return to the starting lineup on Monday and had a solid outing opposite of William Jackson III, but he’s been dealing with the same knee injury for over a year now. Wilson missed Monday’s victory after not practicing at all last week and Evans got to play 11 snaps due to Wilson’s absence. If Wilson still isn’t practicing, it doesn’t seem like he’ll be ready to go by Sunday.
Brandon Allen (knee) also could not play on Monday and watched Ryan Finley win a game before him because of it. Allen was limited on Wednesday, so the debate between starting him or Finley will surely persist throughout the week. Head coach Zac Taylor did state last week that Allen is the starter so long as he’s healthy.
Bengals Injury Report
The Texans were without just one player on Wednesday, but he’s a notable player. RB Duke Johnson (neck) did not practice after having missed Houston’s Week 15 game against the Indianapolis Colts. Johnson originally suffered his injured a week ago during practice.
Six other players for the Texans were limited: RB C.J. Prosise (ankle), WR Keke Coutee (foot), TE Pharaoh Brown (ankle), and CBs Phillip Gaines (knee), Cornell Armstrong (hamstring), and John Reid (neck).