This time last year, the Bengals were pretty banged up heading into their regular-season opener, including A.J. Green, Jonah Williams, Auden Tate and Cordy Glenn all being out due to injury.
Thankfully, the Bengals appear to be a lot healthier this time around, though there’s still one notable player still iffy for Sunday.
During Monday’s practice session that was open to the media, starting safety Shawn Williams was working on the rehab field as he continues to recover from a calf injury.
Geno Atkins was also not working, though that may have been a veteran’s rest day for him since he wasn’t reportedly injured in training camp.
Backup cornerback LeShaun Sims was also sidelined with an unknown issue.
Practice report from today’s light workout: Shawn Williams still working on the side at practice. Geno Atkins was not participating. New addition Shaq Calhoun not out there yet and LeShaun Sims was again not at practice.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) September 7, 2020
In addition, star wide receiver A.J. Green was working after missing about two weeks with a hamstring injury.
A.J. Green working in individual drills. Appears to be running fine, in good shape for Week 1.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) September 7, 2020
It looks like the majority of the Bengals’ 53-man roster will be healthy enough to play Sunday, which is something we’ve rarely been able to say in Week 1. Perhaps not having any preseason games helped the Bengals avoid more injuries. But whatever the case may be, it’s just good to know the Bengals will have most, if not all of their best players able to suit up and hopefully get this team to 1-0.